Ben Vereen-Helmed Hair Begins Performances in Florida Tonight

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Previews begin Nov. 7 for Florida's Venice Theatre production of the rock musical Hair, helmed by Tony winner Ben Vereen (Hair, Wicked, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar). Vereen made his Broadway debut as a replacement in the role of Hud during the original Broadway run.

Ben Vereen
Ben Vereen

The production officially opens Nov. 10, running through Dec. 13.

Hair, last seen on Broadway in 2011, follows the lives of a group of 60's-era youth exploring drugs, the sexual revolution and the peace movement in the face of the Vietnam War. 

The cast features Patrick Mounce as Claude, Charlie Logan as Berger, Aaron Vereen as Hud, Joseph Visaggi as Woof, Ted DeVirgilis as Hubert, Nancy Pasternack as Margaret Mead, Vera Samuels as Sheila and Samantha Centerbar as Crissy.

Rounding out the cast are Henry Lawrence, Brian Finnerty, Josue Rivera, Khamor Lyons, Zach Wasson, Samuel Echevarria, Logan Junkins, Anthony Jacot, Krysta White, Corinne Woodland, DaNiesha Carr, Liz Pascoe, Leah Woodsum, Jessica Babcock, Amanda Heisey, Ariella Pizarro, Mirra MacDonald, Charlotte Crowley, Annika Bush, Brandon Butler, Syreeta Banks, Joe Sergio, Kim Gaesser and Kaitlyn Terpstra.

The production's creative team includes Michelle Kasanofsky as music director, Geena Ravella as choreographer, Lisa Million as stage manager, Tim Wisgerhof as scenic designer, Dorian Boyd as sound designer, Robert E. Graham as lighting designer and Nicholas Hartman as costume designer.

Hair features music by Galt MacDermot and book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado.

The Venice Theatre is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice; for tickets and more information visit VeniceStage.

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