Hair: more cast announced!
Over consecutive days this week, the 26-member Broadway cast of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, will be announced by Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater.
The next Hair cast members to be confirmed are Steel Burkhardt (Electric Blues Quartet, Tribe), Allison Case (Crissy), Andrew Kober (Margaret Mead, Dad, Tribe), Darius Nichols (Hud) and Kacie Sheik (Jeanie, Tribe), all of whom are reprising their roles from Central Park last summer.
Steel Burkhardt, Andrew Kober and Kacie Sheik are making their Broadway debuts with this production.
In a statement, director Diane Paulus said, ï¿½What I love about Hair is that the show encourages the expression of every performer's individuality. There is a sense of freedom and openness in how the cast performs. As a result, they really bear their souls in this show -- so you get this chance to see inside each performer. You can't help but fall in love with every single one of them.ï¿½
As previously announced, the cast also includes Gavin Creel (Claude), Lauren Elder (Tribe), Allison Guinn (Tribe), Anthony Hollock (Tribe), John Moauro (Tribe), Ato Blankson-Wood (Tribe), Brandon Pearson (Tribe), Paris Remillard (Tribe), Maya Sharpe (Tribe), Theo Stockman (Hubert, Tribe), Tommar Wilson (Tribe), Jackie Burns (Black Boys Trio, Tribe), Kaitlin Kiyan (Black Boys Trio, Tribe), Nicole Lewis (White Boys Trio, Tribe), Megan Reinking (Black Boys Trio, Tribe) and Saycon Sengbloh (Abraham Lincoln, White Boys Trio, Tribe).
The final casting announcement will be made tomorrow -30 Jan 2009.
Hair opens at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on 31 Mar 2009, following previews from 6 Mar and is currently selling tickets through to 27 Sep 2009.
With book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and music by Galt MacDermot, Hair is directed by Diane Paulus.
Hair was a phenomenal success when it first played on Broadway in the 60's, and again this past summer when it was a hit at the Delacorte Theater.
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 Theaterï¿½s 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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