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Join 'American Idol' Finalist Diana DeGarmo in 'Oz'

Diana DeGarmo_purple Playbill reports that Diana DeGarmo, the American Idol finalist who made her Broadway debut in Hairspray, will star as Dorothy in a limited Texas tour of Oz, the Musical, a comedic new twist on L. Frank Baum's classic tale.

Playbill notes that no other casting has been announced -- but pick up this week's issue of Back Stage (on newsstands today) or search our Back Stage casting notices online for the casting notice, and your chance to join DeGarmo in Oz. Auditions will be held Jan. 20 in NYC.

From the Back Stage casting notice:

    Drama'l Musicals (prod.) is casting Oz, the Musical, starring American Idol's Diana Degarmo in a comedic new twist on L. Frank Baum's tale. Todd Hall, dir. Rehearsals begin Jan. 27; tours until Feb. 28 in TX.
    Seeking—Scarecrow: enthusiastic, not very bright, must move well; Tinman: semi-famous lounge singer in Oz, a bit of a "divo," must move well; Lion: big and handsome king of the jungle, but a coward; Glinda: Elle Woods-type news reporter for the Oz Morning News, must have great comedic timing and charm, with a great belting range, must be "cute"; Wicked Witch "Brenda": male, African-American, must be great at improv, quick on his feet, think Tyler Perry's Madea-type character, must be able to portray an over-the-top African-American female; Martha: Wicked Witch's sidekick, must be animated, skating experience a plus; Milton: see description for Martha; Doo-Wop Girls: three diva pop/gospel singers who move well, must have great timing, must be able to harmonize well; Wizard: character actor, will play six different roles in the show, must be able to completely transform from one character to another, must be a decent mover; Dancers/Ensemble: must be strong technical dancers, with high energy and lots of personality. Note: Seeking talented actors who sing, with strong pop voices. All ethnicities strongly encouraged to attend.

-- Daniel Lehman

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