While Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood have parlayed their “American Idol” wins into successful singing careers, many of the show’s popular finalists also have enjoyed success, among them Jennifer Hudson in film (“Dreamgirls”) and Katharine McPhee in television (“Smash”).
Diana DeGarmo, the runner-up from Season 3, and Ace Young, who made a strong showing in Season 5, have focused primarily on the musical theater since their “Idol” days.
DeGarmo was cast as Doralee Rhodes in the national tour of “9 to 5,” and Young appeared as Danny Zuko in a touring production of “Grease.” In 2010, the popular “Idol” contestants shared the stage in the Broadway revival of “Hair.”
Today, they’re showcasing their talents as the stars of the national touring production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The musical will play eight performances at the Civic Center Music Hall this week.
Young surprised DeGarmo with an on-air marriage proposal before the Season 11 “American Idol” winner was announced in May 2012. She accepted, and they married in June 2013. Today, these newlyweds travel together and have even taken their dog Rosie on the road with them.
“This has been such a wonderful opportunity for us during our first year of marriage,” DeGarmo said. “It’s a chance to do a lovely show that so many people can be inspired by. We were more than happy to jump on board.”
One of the title character’s biggest challenges is having to rattle off a laundry list of 29 colors that give Joseph’s elegant coat its distinction. This highly rhythmic musical number qualifies as one of the musical theater’s most daunting tongue-twisters.
“I didn’t realize there were more than about eight colors in the world,” Young said sheepishly. “So when I found out there were all these different shades, I was blown away. Not only was I learning the new names, I had to know what things like azure and ochre were.”
‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’
•When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. April 13.
•Where: Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker.
•Information: (800) 869-1451 or www.celebrityattractions.com.