Producers are still looking for the stars to play Berger, Hud and Margaret Mead in HAIR's upcoming 50th anniversary season in London but initial cast is now announced - and demand is already so high, they've extended booking into the new year. (Yes, that IS a true hair extension.) Scroll down for a reminder to watch the show performance at West End Live last month too...
HAIR‘s new 50th anniversary production is to have a hair extension through to the new year. The show was due to run until early December, but already due to popular demand, producers have extended booking by a further six weeks. The iconic tribal rock musical opens at London’s fully immersive Off-West-End theatre, The Vaults, from Wednesday 4 October 2017, with a press night on 11 October, and is now to running through to 14 January 2018.
Still ground-breaking at the age of 50, HAIR opened off-Broadway in 1967, so to open this genuinely new production off-West-End in 2017 is the perfect move for Hope Mill Theatre’s acclaimed production, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle – as relevant now as it was in the 60s.
1967 and HAIR‘s hippie-hood youngsters live as The Tribe, in the East Village of New York: yearning to change the world, questioning authority and the American flag. They are wild, colourful, free, sexually liberated beautiful people who join in protest and song – under the shadow of the Vietnam War.
Featuring classic hit songs: Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In and Good Morning Star Shine – and the story of youth and war still resounds throughout the world making this a topical musical for the millennial generation. 2017 vividly sees the world protesting and marching, fighting for freedom of speech; from Trump to Brexit via Syria – the core spirit of HAIR.
Initial casting includes: Daniel Bailey (Motown The Musical – Shaftesbury Theatre, The Lion King – Lyceum Theatre), Adam Dawson (Jet in West Side Story RSC Live – Stratford), Jessie May (Fiona in Blondel – The New Union Theatre, Rock Of Ages – UK tour). And returning to the production are: Natalie Green (Wicked – UK tour), Laura Johnson (Rizzo in Grease – UK tour), Shekina McFarlane (Parade – Hope Mill Theatre, The Lion King – UK & International tour), Robert Metson (Ryan in Bear – Southwark Playhouse), Liam Ross-Mills (Les Miserables – West End, Ben in Ushers: The Front of House Musical – Charing Cross Theatre), Koryann Stevens (West Side Story – Live Nation) and Kirsten Wright (Our Seasons End – The AC Group).
Further casting to be announced, as the search continues to cast the lead roles of Berger, Hud and Margaret Mead.