They Got Life: Hair Opens in Central Park Aug. 7

News   They Got Life: Hair Opens in Central Park Aug. 7
The Shakespeare in the Park production of Hair — starring Spring Awakening Tony nominee Jonathan Groff as the Vietnam-bound Claude — officially opens in Central Park Aug. 7.

Jonathan Groff
Jonathan Groff Photo by Michal Daniel

Under the direction of Diane Paulus, Hair began performances July 22 and will continue its extended run through Aug. 31. The cast also features Will Swenson as the free-loving Berger and Patina Renea Miller as Dionne.

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.

The company also includes 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).

As previously announced, due to a prior film commitment, Groff is unable to remain with the company through its extension. The former Spring Awakening cast member exits the production Aug. 16 and will be succeeded by Christopher J. Hanke (Cry-Baby) beginning Aug. 17.

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

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

The cast of <i>Hair</i>.
The cast of Hair. Photo by Michal Daniel
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