Hair: Jonathan Groff will not reprise his role as 'Claude' for Broadway revival




Tony nominee Jonathan Groff will not reprise his role as 'Claude,' which he played off-Broadway, when Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical plays on Broadway.

Groff, currently appearing off-Broadway in Prayer for My Enemy, originated the role of 'Claude' when the musical played an extended run at Delacaorte Theatre earlier this year.

Groff was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of 'Melchior' in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening. He made his Broadway debut in 'In My Life' (2005).

There has been no cast announced for the Broadway production of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, but it is expected that most of the cast from the revival's off-Broadway production at the Delacaorte Theatre will reprise their roles for Broadway.

Tickets are currently on sale to American Express cardholders for Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, opening at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on 5 Mar 2009, following previews from 13 Feb 2009.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on 6 Dec 2009.

With book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and music by Galt MacDermot, this Broadway-bound production of Hair is directed by Diane Paulus.

The musical depicts the birth of a cultural movement in the 60's and 70's that changed America forever: the musical follows a group of hopeful, free-spirited young people who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War.

As they explore sexual identity, challenge racism, experiment with drugs and burn draft cards, the "tribe" in Hair creates an irresistable message of hope, peace and change that continues to resonate with audiences 40 years later.

The musical is being produced on Broadway by The Public Theater and Elizabeth Ireland McCann.

Hair was the show that, in 1967, officially opened The Public Theater�s long-time home on Lafayette Street.

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical has the distinction of being the first off-Broadway musical to transfer to Broadway, (It moved to Broadway on 29 Apr 1968 and ran for 1,873 performances).

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