The first 100 people to show up received free tickets. Fans also dressed up in their best hippie garb for a chance to win a role in the show.
The limited engagement will begin performances July 5 at the St. James Theatre, currently the home of American Idiot, with an official opening scheduled for July 13. Performances will continue through Sept. 10.
The cast will feature original revival cast members Steel Burkhardt as Berger, Paris Remillard as Claude, Matt DeAngelis as Woof, Kaitlin Kiyan as Crissy, Darius Nichols as Hud, Kacie Sheik as Jeanie, London cast member Phyre Hawkins as Dionne and Central Park cast member Caren Lyn Tackett as Sheila. The cast also includes Shaleah Adkisson, Emily Afton, Nicholas Belton, Larkin Bogan, Corey Bradley, Marshal Kennedy Carolan, Laura Dreyfuss, Mike Evariste, Lulu Fall, Tripp Fountain, Nkrumah Gatling, Allison Guinn, Josh Lamon, John Moauro, Christine Nolan, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Arbender Robinson, Cailan Rose, Tanesha Ross, Sara Ruzicka, Jen Sese and Lee Zarrett.
Here is a look at the afternoon event:
Hair Cast and Fans Celebrate With Ticket Giveaway
Following its limited summer engagement, the tour will continue across the country.
Winner of the of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, and the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle 2009 awards for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Hair opened on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre March 31, 2009, and played more than 500 performances before closing on June 27, 2010.
Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater, said in a statement, “We are delighted to welcome the Tribe back to New York after a year of spreading Hair's message of peace, love and justice across the United States. Now more than ever we need to Let the Sun Shine in!”
Director Diane Paulus added, “Taking Hair across America has deepened the show in ways I could never have imagined. The tribe that is coming back to Broadway has traveled the country together. They are a true tribe. For me, they are the 'best of' cast -- original Broadway company members, people who joined us for our London run, and the youngest new cast members who joined the tour and will now be making their Broadway debut.”
Directed by Paulus and choreographed by Karole Armitage, Hair features a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot. "The story of a group of young Americans searching for love and peace during the Vietnam era," Hair, press notes state, "is a timeless portrait of a movement that changed the world."
Hair is presented by The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director), Joey Parnes, Nederlander Productions Inc., Carl Moellenberg/Wenlarbar Productions, Rebecca Gold/Myla Lerner, Rick Costello, Joy Newman & David Schumeister, Paul G. Rice/Paul Bartz, Debbie Bisno, Christopher Hart Productions, John Pinckard, Terry Schnuck, and by special arrangement with Elizabeth Ireland McCann.
Tickets, priced $37-$120, are now available to American Express Card members during an exclusive pre-sale offer via Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning April 25.