Diana DeGarmo, 22, has made the transformation to a full-fledged Broadway star, currently featured as Shelia in the Tony-award winning musical, "HAIR."
She stopped by "The Early Show on Saturday Morning"'s "Second Cup Cafe" to perform "Easy to Be Hard," and "I Believe in Love" from "HAIR."
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The good-natured DeGarmo, who lit up the stage with her smile on "Idol" matured fast in the public eye.
DeGarmo was only 16 when she finished second to Fantasia Barrino, in 2004.
Like her fellow "Idol" alums, Clay Aiken, Fantasia Barrino, Ace Young and Constantine Maroulis, DeGarmo headed for Broadway after the competition.
She shared the stage with "Idol" season five's Young, who also joined the cast of "HAIR." (The original cast is now in London, where the show is playing at the Gielgud Theatre)
Many former "Idol" contestants have been bitten by the Broadway bug.
Recenly, Playbill.com announced that Jordan Sparks, the 2007 "Idol" winner, will join the cast of "In The Heights" in August.
On Friday, DeGarmo and Young joined other cast members from several Broadway shows to put on special performances for visiting members of the armed forces who are in New York City for Fleet Week at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The event was hosted by Lend Me a Tenor's Mary Catherine Garrison & Jennifer Laura Thompson.
The latest "HAIR" revival opened on Broadway to rave reviews at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on March 31, 2009 and recently celebrated its one year anniversary on Broadway. "HAIR" originally began at the Public Theatre in October 1967 and moved to Broadway in April 1968.
In 2009, "HAIR" won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.