Exclusive: Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, former American Idol contestants and real-life couple, have signed on to star in Hit Her With The Skates, the musical that premiered at New Jersey’s Hamilton Stage last season and is eying an Off Broadway production for the fall.
The musical by Christine Rea and Rick Briskin, directed by Michael Schiralli, had a sold-out run at the Rahway, New Jersey theater last season, getting a boost of attention from critics and ticket sales.
Rea, the creator and lead producer, called DeGarmo and Young “powerhouse vocalists and they’re charming people who will knock the pop/rock vocals out of the park and deliver on the comic, whimsical demands” of the show, a musical in the vein of Grease and Xanadu.
The logline: Set in 1994, Hit Her With The Skates follows pop star Jacqueline Miller as she headlines her first national tour and returns to her hometown to kick off the gala re-opening of her beloved Windy City Skates. When complications hit her head on, Jacqueline comes face-to-face with her 12 -year-old self and all the things she learned during the golden age of the roller rink in 1977.
An Off Broadway venue has not been set.
DeGarmo made her national bow in 2004 on American Idol, where, at 16, she was the third season’s runner up. She made her Broadway debut two years later as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, and has appeared in the role of Angelina in The Young and the Restless.
Young appeared on the fifth season of American Idol, made TV appearance on Bones and Born Again Virgin, and toured the country with wife DeGarmo in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He has a role in upcoming horror film Clinton Road starring Ice T.
DeGarmo and Young are repped by Headline Talent.