Diana DeGarmo, Ace Young discuss ‘Hair’
The dawning of Aquarius will be happening at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts next week for a special, two-night-only event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the award-winning musical “Hair.”
This rock musical was a groundbreaking show that celebrated the hippie movement, 1960s counterculture, the anti-war movement and the sexual revolution and has resonated with fans for over five decades. The theatre will be hosting an exclusive “Hair” in-concert show as part of their “Broadway Series” on March 9 and 10 at 8 p.m.
The show will star two Broadway “Hair” veterans (who actually got married after working with each other on set), Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young — you may remember them from their separate runs on “American Idol.” Emmy, Grammy and Tony winner John McDanie will direct the Patchogue production and will follow the original storyline of the musical completely through its hypnotizing soundtrack.
“This concert will lie very close to the actual anniversary of when we opened the Broadway production with our cast eight years ago, so it will be a really fun trip down memory lane,” DeGarmo said. “To get the chance to relive it again with a lot of friends and fans out on Long Island will be a really great night.”
The Long Island Advance spoke with DeGarmo and Young about the show and how it will differ from the Broadway version. Fans and “Hair” newcomers will definitely not want to miss out.
Long Island Advance: Tell me about your experience working with the Patchogue Theatre for this concert versus the original Broadway version.
Diana DeGarmo: Because of the way that “Hair” was created, the show is 95 percent music, so when it comes down to the concert version, people won’t be worried about missing out on too much. We will still be telling the story of “Hair” through the music, but we won’t need the giant set pieces or dancing.
Ace Young: We’ll have a 13-piece band, which is actually bigger than we had on Broadway, so the sound is going to be pretty big and we’ll also be doing every single song.
DD: You will get as close to the show, the full stage production, as you can possibly get. It’s a giant tribe of people … it’s not a two-person show.
LIA: How does it differ performing on a local stage as compared to a big Broadway stage?
DD: It will be the exact same, no matter how you see us. We’re strong believers that whether you’re performing on a street corner or in a stadium, you give the same show every time. It’s “Hair,” it’s an electric tour, so there is no way people will want to sit back and ride it out. It’s going to be rockin.’
LIA: Why should the people of Patchogue spend their Friday or Saturday nights with you?
AY: When we first did “Hair” on Broadway, you all came to us. This time, we’re coming to you.
DD: In times like these, we all need a night of love, so come out and spend your night getting a lot of love with us.
LIA: You guys knew of each other from being affiliated with “American Idol,” but your romance officially blossomed with “Hair” on Broadway. Now, you tour together and work with one another on different projects. How do you guys do it? What’s the secret to success?
DD: The universe just keeps making it happen. We’re really lucky that we work really well together and that doesn’t always happen with couples. We’re two actors just trying to do our best at our jobs, but we’re also best friends, so we know how to push each other or challenge each other in the best way and it’s just part of our life at this point.
AY: For me, whether it’s jobs together or jobs apart, it doesn’t matter. What really matters is that you respect each other’s creativity. You just really need to be a fan of each other. If you’re a fan of the other person’s creative energy, any time together beyond the art is just bonus time.
Tickets are still on sale at the theatre and online for this exclusive event.
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