Hair, with Swenson, Creel, Allen, Levy, Case and Sheik, Returns to Broadway March 6

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06 Mar 2009

Gavin Creel, Bryce Ryness and Will Swenson
Gavin Creel, Bryce Ryness and Will Swenson
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The 1968 rock musical Hair, which officially introduced Broadway to the counterculture movement four decades ago, makes its Broadway return at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre March 6.

Diane Paulus stages the new production that began life as a 40th anniversary concert presentation by the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival at the Central Park's Delacorte Theater in 2007. The Public later fully produced Hair in summer 2008 as part of its Shakespeare in the Park season. The al fresco Paulus production extended three times, and now resurfaces on Broadway.

The revival of Hair, which will open on Broadway March 31, reunites much of the young cast from the Central Park stagings, including Will Swenson as Berger, Allison Case as Crissy, Kacie Sheik as Jeanie, Bryce Ryness as Woof, Darius Nichols as Hud, Megan Lawrence as Mother and Andrew Kober as Margaret Mead/Dad.

Returning tribe members also include Steel Burkhardt, Lauren Elder, Allison Guinn, Anthony Hollock, John Moauro, Ato Blankson-Wood, Brandon Pearson, Paris Remillard, Maya Sharpe, Theo Stockman, Tommar Wilson, Jackie Burns, Kaitlin Kiyan, Nicole Lewis, Megan Reinking and Saycon Sengbloh.

Newly added for Hair's Broadway transfer are Tony nominee Gavin Creel as Claude, Sasha Allen as Dionne and Caissie Levy as Sheila.



The iconic tribal rock musical has book and lyrics by the late Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot.

"With a score including such enduring musical numbers as 'Let the Sun Shine In,' 'Aquarius,' 'Hair' and 'Good Morning Starshine,' Hair depicts the birth of a cultural movement in the 60's and 70's that changed America forever: the musical follows a group of hopeful, free-spirited young people who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War," according to Broadway production notes. "As they explore sexual identity, challenge racism, experiment with drugs and burn draft cards, the 'tribe' in Hair creates an irresistible message of hope, peace and change that continues to resonate with audiences 40 years later."

The Hair creative team includes set designer Scott Pask, costume designer Michael McDonald, lighting designer Kevin Adams, sound designer Acme Sound Partners and choreographer Karole Armitage.

Hair is presented on Broadway by The Public Theater, Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Gary Goddard Entertainment, Kathleen K. Johnson, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Fran Kirmser Productions/Jed Bernstein, Marc Frankel, Broadway Across America, Barbara Manocherian/WenCarLar Productions, JK Productions/Terry Schnuck, Andy Sandberg, JAM Theatricals, The Weinstein Company/Norton Herrick, Jujamcyn Theaters, Joey Parnes, Arielle Tepper Madover, Debbie Bisno/Rebecca Gold, Christopher Hart, Apples and Oranges, Tony & Ruthe Ponturo, Joseph Traina by special arrangement with Elizabeth Ireland McCann.

Hair will play the following performance schedule: Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM.

For tickets phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge.

For further information visit HairBroadway.

The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is located at 302 West 45th Street.