GOOD MORNING STARSHINE! Get ready to LET THE SUNSHINE IN as HAIR: The Musical has officially been tapped as NBC’s next live televised musical. Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni, and James Rado’s legendary rock musical about a tribe hippies during the anti-Vietnam war era is set to go live on the air Spring 2019.
HAIR LIVE comes at the perfect timing with the musical having just celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its Broadway debut last year.
The show broke new ground in musical theatre by defining the genre of “rock musical”, using a fully diverse integrated cast, and inviting the audience onstage for a “Be-In” finale, However for any show starting, there’s always a little bit of controversy from critics and people. For those who may not know, HAIR is well known some crazy action that happens on stage.? There’s characters using illegal drugs, sexual treatment, irreverence for the American flag, and a full onstage nude scene by the entire cast at the end of Act 1.
The show 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.
The original production was nominated for 2 Tony Awards in 1969 including Best Musical. It lost both of its categories.
The show went on to become a worldwide hit with productions in London’s West End and International companies translating the iconic score and book into every major language.
It was later revived in New York several times including several concert productions at production at New York City Center Encores (in 2001) and a benefit for The Actors Fund (in 2005).
The most recent revival of HAIR was in 2008 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary. It started out as an outdoor production Delacorte Theatre in Central Park (park of The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park (New York City) series). The outdoor production did so well, it was transferred to Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre in 2009 running for 548 performances.
The 2009 Broadway revival was nominated for 8 Tonys that year winning 1 for Best Revival of a Musical.
Following the 2010 closing of the 2009 revival, the production went on a National Tour and fans were begging to have the production back on Broadway. The producers decided to bring HAIR at Broadway’s St. James Theatre for a limited 3 month engagement of 67 performances.
HAIR today continues to be a popular show done in schools, community, regional theaters, and concert stages worldwide.
Who is excited to LET THE SUNSHINE IN?
The musical will follow the network?s concert presentation of Jesus Christ Superstar.
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