Hair Producers Will Let Sun Shine Sooner Than Expected — Now Beginning Feb. 10, 2009

News   Hair Producers Will Let Sun Shine Sooner Than Expected — Now Beginning Feb. 10, 2009 Ticket demand has prompted producers of the new Broadway production of Hair to unveil the show three days earlier than previously announced.
Off-Broadway Hair star Patina Renea Miller and Tribe, in Central Park last summer.
Off-Broadway Hair star Patina Renea Miller and Tribe, in Central Park last summer. Photo by Michal Daniel

Strong sales and a demand, producers said on Dec. 5, prompted the change in schedule. Previews for the rock musical's revival will now begin three days earlier — on Feb. 10, 2009 — at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The official opening remains March 5, 2009. (Previews were previously announced to begin on Feb. 13.)

Tickets for the upcoming Broadway production of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, a capacity-crowd, critical and popular hit this past summer at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, will go on sale to the general public beginning Dec. 6, and can be purchased by calling Tele-charge at (212) 239-6200, or on-line at www.telecharge.com.

The musical's producers are The Public Theater and Elizabeth Ireland McCann. Oskar Eustis is artistic director of The Public Theater; Andrew D. Hamingson is executive director.

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Hair, written by James Rado, Gerome Ragni and Galt MacDermot, features direction by Diana Paulus with choreography by Karole Armitage (Passing Strange). Casting for the Broadway engagement has not yet been revealed. However, it was previously announced that Jonathan Groff, the Spring Awakening Tony Award nominee who originated the role of Claude in the Public Theater's recent stagings of Hair, will not participate in the Broadway revival.

"With a score including such enduring musical numbers as 'Let the Sun Shine In,' 'Aquarius,' 'Hair' and 'Good Morning Starshine,' Hair depicts the birth of a cultural movement in the 60's and 70's that changed America forever: the musical follows a group of hopeful, free-spirited young people who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War. As they explore sexual identity, challenge racism, experiment with drugs and burn draft cards, the 'tribe' in Hair creates an irresistible message of hope, peace and change that continues to resonate with audiences 40 years later," state press notes for the Broadway revival.

Hair will play the following performance schedule: Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM.

For further information visit HaironBroadway.

The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is located at 302 West 45th Street.

The Tribe of Off-Broadway's <i>Hair</i> at the Delacorte last summer.
The Tribe of Off-Broadway's Hair at the Delacorte last summer. Photo by Michal Daniel
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