All-Star Hair CD — with Pascal, Esparza and Murney — Hits Stores June 14

News   All-Star Hair CD — with Pascal, Esparza and Murney — Hits Stores June 14
The recording of the all-star concert of the sixties rock musical Hair — benefiting the Actors' Fund of America — hits stores on the Ghostlight Records label June 14.

The Hair CD — recorded Oct. 1, 2004 at the Hit Factory — was based on the Sept. 20, 2004, benefit concert at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The single CD boasts a host of Broadway favorites, including Rent's Adam Pascal, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's Raul Esparza, Wicked's Ana Gasteyer, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' Sherie Rene Scott, Taboo's Euan Morton as well as American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson.

The Sept. 20 Hair featured musical direction by Seth Rudetsky, who conceived the concert with the Actors' Fund of America. Devanand Janki and Christopher Gattelli co-directed and co-choreographed the concert, which featured three onstage staircases and two above-the-stage screens with projected images. The creative team also featured Paul Weimer (scenic designer), Jeff Croiter (lighting designer), Scott Stauffer (sound designer), Michael Crowler (costume coordinator), Elaine McCarthy (projection designer). Gattelli, Janki and Tim Pinckney adapted the musical for this concert version.

The complete "Hair" track listing follows:
"Aquarius" (Lillias White)
"Donna" (Lea Delaria)
"Hashish" (Tribe)
"Sodomy" (Jai Rodriguez)
"Colored Spade" (Chuck Cooper)
"Manchester, England" (Euan Morton, Harris Doran)
"Dead End" (Ana Gasteyer)
"Sheila Franklin"/"I Believe in Love" (Shoshana Bean)
"I'm Black"/"Ain't Got No" (Tribe)
"Air" (Harvey Fierstein)
"Initials" (Laura Benanti)
"I Got Life" (Adam Pascal)
"Going Down" (Gavin Creel)
"Hair" (Raúl Esparza)
"My Conviction" (Charles Busch)
"Easy to be Hard" (Jennifer Hudson)
"Don't Put it Down" (John Tartaglia/Christopher Sieber)
"Frank Mills" (Annie Golden)
"Be-In"/"Hare Krisna (Tribe)
"Where Do I Go" (Julia Murney)
"Hippie Life" (Eden Espinosa, Harris Doran)
"Electric Blues" (Toxic Audio)
"Black Boys" (Kathy Brier/Orfeh/Ann Harada)
"White Boys" (Brandi Chavonne Massey/Ledisi/Shayna Steele)
"Walking in Space" (Sherie Rene Scott)
"Yes I's Finished on Y'All's Farmlands" (Tribe)
"Four Score"/"Abie Baby" (Billy Porter)
"Good Morning Starshine" (Liz Callaway)
"Three Five Zero Zero" (Tribe)
"What a Piece of Work is Man" (Darius de Haas/Paul Castree)
"The Flesh Failures (Let the Sun Shine In)" (Norm Lewis, Harris Doran, Tribe

Hair focuses on a group of hippies — called The Tribe — in New York City in the late 1960's, and gives voice to their passions and frustrations in loose scenes and interactions, including a rant against war, an embrace of free love (including a group nude scene) and odes to nature, life, drugs and multiculturalism. Book and lyrics are by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, music is by Galt MacDermot. Tom O'Horgan was the original director. Heather MacRae, Melba Moore, Keith Carradine and Joe Morton were among performers in the early Broadway run of the show, at the Biltmore Theatre.

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