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Diana DeGarmo to join cast of ‘Hairspray’

‘Idol’ finalist will portray Penny Pingleton, heroine’s best friend
/ Source: The Associated Press

Another “American Idol” contestant is heading for Broadway.

Following in the footsteps of Frenchie Davis, who appears in the rock musical “Rent,” Diana DeGarmo will join the cast of “Hairspray” on Feb. 7.

The 18-year-old DeGarmo, one of the Fox television series’ most popular runners-up, will portray the heroine’s best friend, Penny Pingleton, in the musical, which opened on Broadway in August 2002.

“Hairspray,” based on the cult John Waters’ film, concerns a chubby Baltimore teen who wants to appear on a TV dance show. The show now stars Shannon Durig as the eager young woman and John Pinette as her full-figured mother.