Last night, The Public Theater celebrated a huge milestone for one of it’s famous shows… The 50th Anniversary of the spiritual and high energy rock musical HAIR. To celebrate, members of the acclaimed 2008 Shakespeare in the Park and 2009 Tony Award winning revival production all reunited for a special concert adaptation of the beloved musical at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.
The lineup featured Tony nominee Jonathan Groff as “Claude”, Tony nominee Will Swenson as “Berger”, Frozen on Broadway bound Caissie Levy as “Sheila”, Kacie Sheik as “Jeanie”, and a full exciting tribal ensemble.
HAIR originally premiered downtown Off Broadway at The Public Theater in 1967 and later transferred to a former club called The Cheetah. 3 months later, it moved uptown to Broadway’s Biltmore Theatre (Currently the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre) playing a total of 1,750 performances.
Later in 2007/2008, HAIR was revived again in honor of it’s 40th Anniversary in a new outdoor production Delacorte Theatre in Central Park (park of The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park series). Following the success of that production, it transferred to Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre in 2009 (where it was nominated for 8 Tonys that year winning for Best Revival of a Musical) playing 548 performances.
At the same time, the National Tour of the 2009 revival did so well and fans did not want the show to leave Broadway, producers decided to return HAIR to Broadway to play the St. James Theatre for a limited 3 month engagement of 67 performances.
Happy 50 Years HAIR. Thank you for continuing to remind us all to LET THE SUNSHINE IN.
Last night The Public Theater celebrated the 50th Anniversary of HAIR, the American tribal love-rock musical that originally opened at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. The one-night-only benefit performance, directed by Diane Paulus, took place at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Ros…
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