Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo, Willing to Strip Down for Hair

Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo, newly cast as Berger and Sheila in the Broadway revival of Hair, hint in this interview with FOX 5 New York, they’ll be stripping down for the infamous nude scene.

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That’s one way to shed your Idol image! Ace and Diana’s Hair debut is set for March 9.

After the jump, check out a clip of the entire cast singing “Let the Sunshine In”

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18 Comments

  1. Looks like a fun time ! Not one of my favorite musicals, but the songs I do like I really like a lot. Good luck to them; they all sound fantastic.

  2. Not my cup of tea at all. I prefer my Idols more wholesome. I loved Ace the way he was during Idol. I may be old-fashioned in this, but I feel too many are too willing nowadays to let go of their principles of decency for fame. I wish him and Diana both the best, though, as they are both talented.

  3. If they’re willing to do that, good for them. It’s not a question of principle as much as it is commitment to their roles. The scene is very tastefully done (it’s dimly lit and only for 20 seconds) . There are 26 members of the cast so they will not stick out in the group. This scene was controversial back when Hair first came out but in 2010, it’s nowhere near as shocking now. Plus, there’s nothing sexual about this scene.

  4. Not my cup of tea at all. I prefer my Idols more wholesome. I loved Ace the way he was during Idol. I may be old-fashioned in this, but I feel too many are too willing nowadays to let go of their principles of decency for fame. I wish him and Diana both the best, though, as they are both talented.

    I don’t view this as “letting go of principles of decency.” It’s a form of art. And, as doggonetruth mentioned, it’s not for a long period of time. Congratulations to Ace and Diana for landing parts in this musical!!!

  5. I don’t think it’s a matter of decency at all. It’s a role, it’s part of the play and it’s very tasteful. And I have seen the revival and the scene. It’s about love and everyone being equal, it’s not gratuitous at all.

    This is life after Idol and they are working hard. Why would anyone expect these kids to be just like they were on Idol? Idol is over for them and it’s clear they have moved on. We should let them, they have a long life of work ahead of them, longer than Idol will be around.

  6. There are plenty of unwholesome activities in Hairpeeps. The nude scene doesn’t even make the top 10. It’s not sexual, it’s a symbolic scene about how we are all the same regardless of our stature in the world. While Hair is in many ways a period piece about the 1960’s and Vietnam, much of it can be applied to our current situation in the world, so it remains relevant. And there is nothing shameful about taking your clothes off for such an iconic and meaningful show.

    Diana sounded gorgeous singing “Let the Sun Shine In” and I think she’ll be wonderful as Sheila. Ace comes across cocky but that’s a necessity for Berger.

  7. I think it’s great that Diana and Ace landed these roles. I enjoyed the comments by the director (?) that he was skeptical about them due to AI and his opinion of people from there as being too ‘commercial.’ But they auditioned and they were the best for the parts.

    If anyone is upset about the very brief clothing optional/nude scene, they’ll probably be even more upset by the overall theme. It’s a period piece about the 60s.

    There were some great songs that came out of this musical.

  8. Unwholesome? Did I miss the memo about Diana posing for Playboy or getting a job at a topless club?

    I imagine it’s tough sometimes for Diana to feel like she’s stuck in a time warp where she’s still 16 and all she’s ever done, in the eyes of many, is American Idol. That might be why she totally excluded any mention of AI from her cast bio for Hair, but I don’t think it’s why she’s doing the show or “the scene.” She’s a working professional and she was hired to play a part. I don’t know why she’d be expected to play that part any differently than others have, just because six years ago she was on American Idol.

  9. OK, I’ll be the first to say it; Thank all that is good that they chose Ace for this role and not Constantine!

  10. Oh great, one of my least favorite musicals of all time. Not exactly thrilled with their choice, but it’s not up to me so who cares.

  11. I think it would be easier to stand naked in a theatre full of people than sing and then stand before Simon on TV.

  12. Never saw (but heard of) this musical. They sounded wonderful in the clip. This nudity scene is not a biggie.. it’s symbolic and not meant to arouse the crowd. But nevertheless, it takes some guts to do it in front of a crowd, so kudos to them

  13. ^^”I imagine it’s tough sometimes for Diana to feel like she’s stuck in a time warp where she’s still 16 and all she’s ever done, in the eyes of many, is American Idol”
    I’m thinking it’s harder for Diana just to stay relevant & remembered, her name is not on the tip of everyone’s tongue (even in the dedicated Idol bubble). She hasn’t made a blip on the music scene and the only thing I remember of her in the last 6 yrs was that she appeared on CMTs Gone Country, and lost there too.

    Congrats to both of them, I was a fan of both Ace and Diana in their respective seasons. I also think decency and morals should surround how you treat others and yourself, not whether or not you take your clothes off.

  14. I saw the movie and thought it cheesey, but live theater is a bit different. I’d love to see them, nudity or not. I’m not sure it’s in the cards for me at this juncture, sadly.

    Jerssey… LOL. You beat me to the punch. ;-)

  15. I’m thinking it’s harder for Diana just to stay relevant & remembered, her name is not on the tip of everyone’s tongue (even in the dedicated Idol bubble). She hasn’t made a blip on the music scene and the only thing I remember of her in the last 6 yrs was that she appeared on CMTs Gone Country, and lost there too.

    That’s what I’m saying. The (incorrect) assumption is either she’s done nothing since AI, or people forget how much time really has passed and still see her as a little girl. In reality, she’s an established theatre actress and a full grown adult woman. If doing Hair and removing references to AI from her Playbill write up helps her move forward in some small way, that will be a positive for her. She’s gotta make a living long after AI ends.

  16. I saw both the stage production and the film, and they were wonderful! Diana will do an outstanding job, and what a great opportunity for Ace. The nudity issue is a non-issue.

  17. So Ace Young’s junk is going to make its stage debut. Big whoop!

    Seriously, I think way to much is made of nudity in general. If we were all nude nobody would really care. Yeah, I know we’d be very cold.

  18. CFIdolsfan:
    02/17/2010 at 8:21 am

    Not my cup of tea at all. I prefer my Idols more wholesome. I loved Ace the way he was during Idol. I may be old-fashioned in this, but I feel too many are too willing nowadays to let go of their principles of decency for fame. I wish him and Diana both the best, though, as they are both talented.

    The original play when I was a young kid wasn’t even that shockingly controversial with the nudity. My parents flew across country to see it AND another one I think Fellini with nudity.

    Even in the past decade some pretty famous actresses have appeared on stage naked on show. I saw Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci naked in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune on Broadway and it was perfection and so compelling and not in the least bit in poor taste. In fact Edie seemed more “naked” wearing clothes during the play in context of the story.

    Anyway, they’ll be fine I think. It’s appropriate to the play.

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