Sheik, Burkhardt et al. Set for HAIR Tour; Full Cast Announced!
The producers of The Public Theater's Tony Award-winning production of HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical are pleased to announce casting for the National Tour, which will come to Chicago's Oriental Theatre for a limited, two-week engagement March 9 - 20, 2011.
Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater, commented, "The National Tribe of Hair are the most beautiful beasts in the forest, an amazingly talented group who will be bringing HAIR'S message of peace and justice across the United States. Let the sun shine in!"
The cast will feature members from the recent Broadway production of HAIR including Steel Burkhardt as Berger, Matt DeAngelis as Woof, Kaitlin Kiyan as Crissy, Darius Nichols as Hud, Paris Remillard as Claude, Kacie Sheik as Jeanie, Nicholas Belton, Larkin Bogan, Allison Guinn, Josh Lamon, John Moauro, Kate Rockwell, Cailan Rose, Jen Sese, Lawrence Stallings and Lee Zarrett. Additional HAIR alumni include Phyre Hawkins as Dionne and Caren Lyn Tackett as Sheila.
The cast will also feature newcomers Shaleah Adkisson, Emily Afton, Corey Bradley, Marshal Kennedy Carolan, Laura Dreyfuss, Mike Evariste, Lulu Fall, Tripp Fountain, Nkrumah Gatling, Christine Nolan, Emmy Raver-Lampman and Tanesha Ross.
HAIR won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival as well as the Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical. HAIR was also nominated for an additional seven Tony Awards including Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. The cast recording was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
With a score including such enduring musical numbers as "Let the Sun Shine In," Aquarius," "Hair" and "Good Morning Starshine," HAIR depicts the birth of a cultural movement in the 60's and 70's that changed America forever. The show resonates with an irresistible message of hope more than 40 years after it first opened on Broadway.
The New York Times says "Diane Paulus's THRILLING, EMOTIONALLY RICH production delivers INTENSE, UNADULTERATED JOY" and Time Out New York says "HAIR SPEAKS TO A WHOLE NEW GENERATION!."
The full creative team behind the Broadway production is on board for the National Tour, including Diane Paulus (Director), Karole Armitage (Choreography), Scott Pask (Scenic Design), Michael McDonald (Costume Design), Kevin Adams (Lighting Design) and Acme Sound Design (Sound Design). HAIR features a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot.
HAIR is a part of the 2011 Broadway In Chicago Spring Season Series. Subscribers can purchase tickets as part of the season subscription series, which is currently on sale. Tickets for HAIR are also currently on sale to groups of 15 or more by calling (312) 977-1710. Individual tickets for HAIR will be available at a later date to be announced.
Additional show information can be found at www.HairOnTour.com or www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
Steel Burkhardt (Berger) Once upon a time Steel graduated from a school called Baldwin Wallace. He was shy in a small concert, then got naked in Central Park, was nude on a Broadway stage, then bared it again on the West End. Now he is ready for America... then perhaps the World?
Matt DeAngelis (Woof) Originally from Boston. Proud member of Actor's Equity and Red Sox Nation. Broadway: HAIR (Tribe). West End: HAIR (Woof). Other NY credits: Songs for a New World, Prospect Theatre's The Flood (NYIT Nom. Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role) and The Rockae. Regional: Altar Boyz, JCS, Aida, Wild Party, West Side Story. www.MattDeAngelis.com
Phyre Hawkins (Dionne) hails from the small town of Flint, Michigan and is excited to be touring with the cast of HAIR! Credits - London West End: HAIR (Abraham Lincoln, u/s Dionne, Tribe). Tour: The Color Purple 1st Nat'l Tour (u/s Celie & Shug, swing). Regional: (Las Vegas) Avenue Q (u/s Gary Coleman, ensemble). She thanks her family, LeeLee, and RiRi for their continued love and support.
Kaitlin Kiyan (Crissy) feels so lucky to start another journey with the beautiful tribe! She recently realized that it's getting late, so come what may, for it may not stay...Love to her family back in Hawaii for being who they are. As for Jeff, beloved brother, this ones for you. May Angels lead you in.
Darius Nichols (Hud) appeared on Broadway in the original casts of HAIR (Hud), South Pacific and 110 in the Shade. Original Off-Broadway casts of Zanna Don't and Junie B. Jones - The Musical (Sheldon). 2001 National Tour of Fame - The Musical (Goodie). Alumni of Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, Bachelors of Music performance in Trumpet and Vocal Studies.
Paris Remillard (Claude) Broadway: HAIR. Off-Broadway: HAIR, The Public Theater; Regional: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lysander), The Shakespeare Theatre; Anthony and Cleopatra (Eros), The Guthrie Theater; HAIR (Tribe) 5th Avenue Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing(Claudio); Hamlet (Guildenstern); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph); Forever Plaid (Frankie); My Fair Lady (Freddy); Comedy Sports. Film/TV: Good Morning Baby, "CSI: Miami."