Hair


Al Hirschfeld Theatre
First Preview: Mar 06, 2009
Opening Date: Mar 31, 2009
Closing Date: Jun 27, 2010

HAIR tells the story of a group of friends choosing to speak up and sing out in celebration of love, life and freedom. The first great rock musical, it has some of the most rousing and soulful songs ever written for the stage, including “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Easy to be Hard,” “Good Morning Starshine,” “Aquarius” and the infectious title song, “Hair.”

On October 17, 1967, Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival burst open the doors of the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette with the world premiere ofHair. This “American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” was a harbinger of what would become the driving principle of the Public’s mission: to bring the issues of the day directly to its stages. Originally directed by Gerald Freedman and choreographed by Anna Sokolow, Hairwas deemed outrageously radical for its direct representation of the day’s counterculture, including the language, dress and lifestyle of hippies; its exuberant rock score; and its anti-war message.

Hair quickly wove itself into the cultural fabric of our country with its message of peace and love. The show has been performed around the world and was turned into a motion picture, directed by Milos Forman, in 1979. Songs from Hair have been recorded y countless artists, including Shirley Bassey, Nina Simone, Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, Oliver, Three Dog Night, The Cowsills, and of course, The Fifth Dimensions.

Forty-one years after its original opening, Hair was once again presented by the Public Theater, this time as part of its free Shakespeare in the Park season after a successful three-day concert presentation the year prior. Directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Karole Armitage, Hair once again became a must-see event, inspiring an inevitable return to Broadway. With the passing away of Gerome Ragni in 1991 and Tom O’Horgan early 2009, we have lost some of the Hairprogenitors, but they and the many collaborators and former tribe members of Hair have left an extraordinary legacy. The Age of Aquarius dawns again.


Cast & Creative Team

Neil LaBute(Playwright)
Diane Paulus(Director)
Scott Pask(Scenic Design)
Michael McDonald(Costume Design)
Kevin Adams(Lighting Design)


Sasha Allen (Dionne, White Boys Trio)
Ato Blankson-Wood (Member of the Tribe)
Steel Burkhardt (Member of the Tribe)
Jackie Burns (Member of the Tribe)
Allison Case (Crissy)
Gavin Creel (Claude)
Lauren Elder (Member of the Tribe)
Allison Guinn (Member of the Tribe)
Anthony Hollock (Member of the Tribe)
Kaitlin Kiyan (Member of the Tribe)
Andrew Kober (Dad, Margaret Mead)
Megan Lawrence (Mother, Buddahdalirama)
Cassie Levy (Sheila)
Nicole Lewis (Member of the Tribe)
John Moauro (Member of the Tribe)
Darius Nichols (Hud)
Brandon Pearson (Member of the Tribe)
Megan Reinking (Member of the Tribe)
Paris Remillard (Member of the Tribe)
Bryce Ryness (Woof)
Saycon Sengbloh (Member of the Tribe, Abraham Lincoln)
Maya Sharpe (Member of the Tribe)
Kacie Sheik (Jeanie)
Theo Stockman (Member of the Tribe, Hubert)
Will Swenson (Berger)
Tommar Wilson (Member of the Tribe)



Awards & Nominations


TONY AWARD
Best Play Revival of a Musical

DRAMA DESK

Outstanding Revival of a Musical

DRAMA LEAGUE
Distinguished Revival of a Musical

OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE
Outstanding Revival of a Musical