Photo Flash: Russell Tovey Visits Diana DeGarmo & Cast of THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES
On July 7th the girls of Springfield High School received a fun surprise - at each performance a man is selected from the audience to portray the music teacher, Mr. Lee. Last night that participant happened to be Russell Tovey, star of Broadway's The History Boys, and well as HBO's "Looking". Also in the audience were Dee Hoty (Bright Star) and Nancy Opel (Honeymoon in Vegas, Urinetown) as well as Ace Young (American Idol, Broadway's Grease and Hair).
The cast currently features Diana DeGarmo (American Idol, Hairspray, Hair), Christina Bianco (NEWSical, Application Pending, YouTube fame) as Missy, Jenna Leigh Green (Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Wicked, and bare) as Cindy Lou, Sally Schwab (A Broadway Diva Christmas) as Betty Jean, and Laura Woyasz (Wicked) rounds out the cast as the "Wonderstudy".
Diana DeGarmo rose to fame on the cultural phenomenon, American Idol, where she placed second at the mere age of 16. Shortly after, Diana released her first single "Dreams" which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. She made her Broadway debut at only 18 in the role of Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, followed by her performance in the Off Broadway cult hit, The Toxic Avenger, as Sarah the blonde, blind, librarian. In 2010, she joined the Broadway revival of HAIR where she met now husband, Ace Young. Soon the two became a dynamic duo writing and singing songs for TV Shows and Films and touring together in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and multiple times with the USO. Diana has also taken her talents on the road with the First National Broadway Tours of BKYLN: The Musical and 9 TO 5. Diana was an active actor as a child growing up in Georgia, but her most recent films include Alto, After the Sun Fell and Wyatt Earp's Revenge. She and her husband will be making their first web series appearance in the new YouTubeRed series, SING IT! coming out soon.