PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Two-Show Day at Broadway's Hair With Darius Nichols

By Matthew Blank
August 4, 2011

Ever wonder about the routine of a Broadway actor on one of those grueling two-performance days? Darius Nichols, who plays Hud in the current Broadway engagement of Hair (a role he originated when in Diane Paulus' revival staging),offers Playbill.com readers an exclusive look behind the scenes at a recent day at the theatre.



With digital camera in hand, Nichols takes us through his day, from morning wakeup with his dog Lucy to greeting fans at stage door at night's end and everything in between.

Enjoy a day at Hair with Darius Nichols:

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Lisa puts on the "Hud" wig and the finishing touches.
Photo by Darius Nichols



Nichols created the role of Hud in the Diane Paulus-helmed revival of Hair, beginning with the 2007 Delacorte Theatre concerts. Other Broadway credits include South Pacific and 110 in the Shade.

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The ten-week Broadway gig is a summer stop on the current national tour of Hair, which launched in the fall of 2010. Hair began previews July 5 and will play a limited run through Sept. 10.

The tour is scheduled to continue across the U.S. following the Broadway return, with stops planned in Dallas, Denver, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Toronto.

The cast includes 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, Sara King, Josh Lamon, John Moauro, Christine Nolan, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Arbender Robinson, Cailan Rose, Tanesha Ross, Jen Sese and Lee Zarrett.

Hair has book and lyrics by the late Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot. The Hair creative team includes set designer Scott Pask, costume designer Michael McDonald, lighting designer Kevin Adams and sound designer Acme Sound Partners.

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.

For tickets, priced $37-$120, visit Telecharge, or phone (212) 239-6200. The St. James Theatre is located at 246 West 44th Street.