Hair Tour Won't Tease Right Away; Production Details Still Being Combed Out

News   Hair Tour Won't Tease Right Away; Production Details Still Being Combed Out
The national tour of Hair being put together by the show's original producer, Michael Butler, is still being coiffed, but it's expected in the coming year.

Scott Schwartz confirmed he is still the director. A spokesman from Ideal Entertainment Group told Playbill On-Line, "The team put together by Michael Butler remains in place and we fully expect to produce a national tour of Hair."

A Boston engagement of the tribal love rock musical was taken off sale recently. Other dates around the country have not been announced. A schedule will be posted on producer Butler's site, The site now has this announcement on it: "The Liberty Tour of Hair has been slightly delayed to accommodate production issues. When the new schedule is set we will post it here, so check back often!"


Schwartz will be working with the 1968 hit's collaborators, composer Galt MacDermot and lyricist-librettist James Rado, the director previously said.

Hair is the so-called "tribal love rock musical" that challenged the look, feel and sound of American musical theatre. Variety first reported the pairing of Butler and Bob Emmer March 5, though Butler has said since 2002 that he was working on a tour plan. Emmer is chief operating officer of Shout Factory, and was a former vice president at Warner Music Group and Rhino Records.

The producers told Variety capitalization for the show is $3 million.

The staging is intended solely for tour, and is not necessarily Broadway-bound. Variety reported that composer Galt MacDermot might re-address the score's arrangements or orchestrations for the tour.

Hair focuses on a group of hippies — called The Tribe — in New York City in the late 1960s, and gives voice to their passions and frustrations in loose scenes and interactions, including a rant against war, an embrace of free love (including a group nude scene) and odes to nature, life, drugs and multiculturalism.

Book and lyrics are by Gerome Ragni & James Rado, music is by Galt MacDermot. Tom O'Horgan was the original director.

Heather MacRae, Melba Moore, Keith Carradine and Joe Morton were among performers in the early Broadway run of the show, at the Biltmore Theatre. The broken-down Biltmore has been reconditioned as the new Broadway home of Manhattan Theatre Club, set to re-open in October.

Producer Butler also had a hand in the 1987 Broadway revival of the show that gave the world " Aquarius," "Good Morning Starshine," "Frank Mills," "I Got Life," "Where Do I Go" and "Donna."

Hair had recent successful concert runs by Encores! in New York City and Reprise in Los Angeles, but concrete plans for full revivals did not materialize from the concerts. In 1991, on the eve of President George Bush's Gulf War, a tour of Hair went out, with the angry "hippie" cast shouting "No more bombs, no more war!" at legit houses around the country.

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