Prince Music Theater's Hair, Set in Philly, Opens June 2

News   Prince Music Theater's Hair, Set in Philly, Opens June 2 Prince Music Theater's 40th anniversary production of the groundbreaking rock-pop musical, Hair, opens June 2 in Philadelphia, following previews since May 26. The production re-sets the action in the City of Brotherly Love, circa 1967.
Thom Miller in Hair at the Prince Music Theater.
Thom Miller in Hair at the Prince Music Theater. Photo by Mark Garvin

Gerome Ragni, James Rado and composer Galt MacDermot's shaggy musical that was a snapshot of the hippie generation began at The Public Theater in 1967 and exploded on Broadway and around the world.

"We've set our production in Philadelphia's own urban gathering place, Rittenhouse Square," Prince associate artistic director Richard M. Parison, Jr., who directs, said in production notes.

A young rock band led by music director Eric Ebbenga helps bring "Aquarius," "Let the Sunshine In," "Good Morning, Starshine" and more.

The cast includes Matthew F. Burrow (Tribe), Ari Butler (Wolf), Laura Catlaw (Tribe), Jaime Cepero III (Tribe), Nikki Curmaci (Tribe), Lindsey Gordon (Jeanie), Elizabeth Gross (Tribe), Gabrielle Hurtt (Dionne), Rahsaan Kerns (Hud), Kathryn M. Lyles (Sheila), Kalia Lynne (Tribe), Thom Miller (Berger), Andre Darnell Myers (Tribe), Michael Ponte (Tribe), Da'Vine Joy Randolph (Tribe), Ashley Robinson (Claude), Jonathan Shade (Margaret Mead/Tribe) and Alyse Wojciechowski (Crissy/Tribe).

Performances continue to June 17 at the Equity theatre committed to new and classic musicals. "Revolutionary in its music, its content, and its performance style, Hair became an enormous success, and brought radical changes to the musical theatre," according to Prince production notes.

Director Parison has been working on this production for over a year. "Hair has both an amazing theatrical legacy and a rich cultural tapestry," he said in production notes. "Galt MacDermot has been most helpful with his insights."

The creative team includes choreographer Karen Getz; scenic designer Todd Edward Ivins; lighting designer Shelley Hicklin; costume designer Mary Folino; sound design consultant Otts Munderloh; assistant music director Nicholas Cheng; assistant director Dawn Cowle with puppets by Spiral Q Puppet Theater.

Tickets are available at UpStages by phone at (215) 569-9700 or online at www.princemusictheater.org.

The Prince Music Theater is located at 1412 Chestnut Street.

The company of Prince Music Theater's production of <i>Hair</i> in Philadelphia.
The company of Prince Music Theater's production of Hair in Philadelphia. Photo by Mark Garvin