Hair Extended Again, Now Through Sept. 14 in Central Park

By Adam Hetrick
18 Aug 2008

Tommar Wilson and Will Swenson in Hair.
Tommar Wilson and Will Swenson in Hair.
Photo by Michal Daniel

Shakespeare in the Park has announced that the summer of love will last a bit longer: Hair has been extended for the third time at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

The critically praised production, under the direction of Diane Paulus, was originally to run July 22-Aug. 17. Hair was initially extended through Aug. 31, and subsequently got an additional week of performances through Sept. 7. The Public Theater has now announced that the musical must close following the latest extension through Sept. 14.

"Hair has touched a nerve and captured the spirit of the times," Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis said in a statement. "Nothing is more exciting than being in the Delacorte right now and seeing this 40-year-old musical reach audiences as if it was written yesterday. We are thrilled to announce our third and final extension."

The production, which features choreography by Karole Armitage (Passing Strange), reunites much of the 40th anniversary cast of Hair, which played the outdoor theatre in September 2007.

Hair features Christopher J. Hanke (Claude), Will Swenson (Berger), Patina Renea Miller (Dionne), Caryn Lyn-Manuel (Sheila), Ato Blankson-Wood (Tribe), Steel Burkhardt (Tribe), Jackie Burns (White Boys Trio/Tribe), Allison Case (Crissy), Lauren Elder (Tribe), Allison Guinn (Tribe), Anthony Hollock (Tribe), Kaitlin Kiyan (Tribe), Andrew Kober (Father/Margaret Mead), Megan Lawrence (Mother), Nicole Lewis (White Boys Trio/Tribe), John M. Moauro (Tribe), Darius Nichols (Hud), Brandon Pearson (Tribe), Megan Reinking (Black Boys Trio/Tribe), Paris Remillard (Tribe), Bryce Ryness (Woof), Saycon Sengbloh (White Boys Trio/Tribe), Maya Sharpe (Tribe), Kacie Sheik (Jeanie), Theo Stockman (Tribe) and Tommar Wilson (Tribe).



The creative team comprises Scott Pask (set design), Michael McDonald (costume design), Michael Chybowski (lighting design) and Acme Sound Partners (sound design).

Featuring book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, Hair made theatre history for its rock 'n roll anti-establishment concept.

Performances of Shakespeare in the Park are Tuesday-Sunday at 8 PM. Tickets are free and are available on the day of the performance (two per person) at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 1 PM, or by entering the Public's online ticketing lottery at www.publictheater.org.

The closest entrances to the Delacorte are located at 81st Street and Central Park West or 70th Street and Fifth Avenue.

For additional information about Shakespeare in the Park, call (212) 539-8750 or visit The Public Theater website at www.publictheater.org.