Creel, who earned his second Tony nomination for his portrayal of Claude in the hit, injured his ankle while performing the song "I Got Life" during the Aug. 19 matinee performance. Creel finished the first act, but informed the audience during intermission that understudy Paris Remillard would finish the show.
Representatives for Hair confirm that Creel will be out of the production for the weekend and that Remillard will cover the role of Claude. The news of Creel's injury first became widespread following posts on his official Twitter page.
Gavin Creel made his Broadway debut at the age of 26, earning a Tony nomination for Thoroughly Modern Millie. He also appeared in the Tony-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles, as well as in the world premiere of Sondheim's Bounce and the London production of Marry Poppins. He is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and the co-founder of Broadway Impact.
The cast of Hair also features Tony nominee Will Swenson as Berger, Sasha Allen as Dionne, Caissie Levy as Sheila, 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. Tribe members include Steel Burkhardt, Brianna Carlson, Lauren Elder, Allison Guinn, Chasten Harmon, Anthony Hollock, Jay Johnson, Josh Lamon, Ryan Link, John Moauro, Ato Blankson-Wood, Brandon Pearson, Paris Remillard, Maya Sharpe, Theo Stockman, Tommar Wilson, Jackie Burns, Kaitlin Kiyan, Nicole Lewis, Megan Reinking, Saycon Sengbloh and Michael James Scott.
The Broadway revival of Hair earned the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The critically acclaimed production also earned Tony nominations for Best Direction (Diane Paulus), Best Choreography (Karole Armitage), Best Actor (Gavin Creele), Best Featured Actor (Will Swenson), Best Sound Design (Acme Sound Partners), Best Lighting Design (Kevin Adams) and Best Costume Design (Michael McDonald).
Featuring book and lyrics by the late Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot, the Broadway revival of Hair opened on Broadway March 31 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.