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re: 'Hair' nude scene

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"Hair" nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 12:23am
Does anyone know if the original procudtion nude scene at the end of act one will be included in the new production? That was one of the big selling point with many articles about it at that time.

Since the show is outdoors, I can just imagine the mosquitoes having a feast on the actors.











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Updated On: 7/23/08 at 12:23 AM
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singingbackup
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 12:24am
It is in the new production, tastefully done.
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xoangel2789xo
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 12:47am
According to Page Six, they haven't fully sorted out the permit thing regarding the public nudity.
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singingbackup
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 12:48am
saw it tonight and saw it all
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 01:00am
According to the Public's website it says nudiy so I would assume so.
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alterego
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 02:35am
In the original production it went all of 7 seconds. (The mosquitos would need to be quick).
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 08:30am
The nude scene is never long in Hair. Just a couple of seconds or so. I love how it's still a controversy even now...it makes me laugh.
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CurtainPullDowner
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 08:37am
Who has the longest scene?
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Lynnespock2
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 09:06am
LOL - CDP!

When I saw the original production, I was sitting next to two gentlemen who were from Iowa or some midwest state. They commented about the price of tickets and such but had no idea what the show was about.

They left indignantly right after the nude scene. Believe me, you could hardly see anything because of the flashing lights and believe me I tried!
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Weez
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 09:24am
Honestly, this time, I don't think it's so much the controversy as it is another chance for teenage girls to see Jonathan Groff with his kecks off.
Yankeefan007
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 09:30am
Word on ATC is that the production's much to clean and that Groff has no depth as an actor.

Gee.
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Dollypop
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 10:30am
This reminds me of an experience I had during one of my many visits to NAKED BOYS SINGING!

I was seated beside a Japanese man and his young son. Obviously they had no idea that the show was about naked boys singing. When the robes flew off in the first number, the man put his hands over the boy's eyes and hustled him out of the theater.

What did he expect?
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Ed_Mottershead
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 10:38am
I saw the original Hair in 1968. The whole business about the nude scene was ridiculous. As has been noted, it lasted about 7 seconds and was dimly lit. My chief disappointment was that none of the good-looking ones took their clothes off -- only the grungy ones that no one cared what they looked like anyway. The guy who subsequently was in Fellini's Satryicon -- I think his name was Hiram Keller -- was the eye candy of the piece. Needless to say, he stayed clothed. Now THAT was a gyp!!
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 10:39am

John Barrowman was the only company member who refused to take off his clothes in the last London revival at the Old Vic in 1993.
I guess he was protecting the eyes of the first 3 rows!!!!!!!!!!=if the stories are true that is!!!
The show bombed and closed after 7 weeks losing nearly 3M ($6M)

A young actress with Noel coward after a dreadful opening night performance said to him 'Well, i knew my lines backwards this morning!'' Noels fast reply was ''Yes dear, and thats exactly how you said them tonight'!'
Updated On: 7/23/08 at 10:39 AM
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Lynnespock2
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 11:02am
I went to see Naked Boys Singing with a group which included a woman who was a born again Christian. She stayed to almost then end and then decided to walk out.
What does anyone expect to see with title such as that?
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LuPonatic
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 11:12am
Why would nudity offend born again christians? Were they doing naughty things, or were they just naked and singing?
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dramamama611
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 11:16am
FYI....Groff doesn't do the full monty. At least he didn't last fall.
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philcrosby
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 11:19am
The tradition begun with the original production was that the nude scene was up to the actors' discretion, and they could opt in or opt out on a night to night basis.
Wayman_Wong
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 11:19am
'Groff has no depth as an actor'

Yankeefan007: I'm not sure that one person's posting (Audience) really constitutes 'the word on ATC.' Mdcoz thought 'the show sounded great and very well-sung,' and bwaybelt thought Groff was one of the 'standouts.' Even Tasmaniac, who said Groff seemed not as comfortable as the others, said he sang 'rather well and his 'I Got Life' was the highlight of the evening.'

Gee, it's only the first preview ...
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devonian.t
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 11:24am
I was in the onstage seating for the London revival. The cast came crawling out naked from under a large parachute. Full onstage wash as the set revolved with the cast standing in a circle.

So close, it was a little close for comfort actually.

John Barrowman told me he wouldn't do the nude scene because it was very drafty in the Old Vic...
temms
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 11:28am
Barrowman played Claude, just like Groff. The character of Claude is the one person in the show who definitely does NOT do the nude scene, at least as originally played. (Some productions add more nudity.)

But the nudity happens during Claude's big end-of-act-one moment, with everyone ELSE in the ensemble (or whoever chooses to partake in the moment, I know it was optional in the original and actors did or didn't do it nightly depending on how they felt) singing backup.

Barrowman didn't refuse to go nude, it's not part of the character. Similarly, anybody going to see Groff in the altogether is going to be disappointed since THAT CHARACTER HAS NEVER BEEN ONE OF THE NAKED ONES.

If you want to see naked people, there are a lot of cheaper options in NYC where you won't have to wait online for hours in the heat. You'll actually see a lot more (and from a closer vantage point) than you will for the few seconds you get from somewhere in the house at the Delacorte.
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 11:42am
Even in it's original incarnation the draw was, as William Goldman put in "The Season": Come see the penises!

No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away. You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.
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devonian.t
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 12:17pm
I heard during the nude scene one old lady had a stroke...

I couldn't reach.
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Weez
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 12:32pm
I'm sorry. I actually laughed at that.

Srsly, the 'Spring Awakening'/Groff obsessive fangirls are convinced he's a straight boy who should be in love with them/Lea Michele (depending on their mood); do they sound like the kind of people who are going to research enough to figure out if he'll be involved in the nude scene? :P
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Justin D
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 12:54pm
Just wondering, having never seen the show, what song is this nude scene in?
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re: 'Hair' nude scene
Posted: 7/23/08 at 12:57pm
John Barrowman used the press and they had a field over him 'refusing' to disrobe. I know perfectly well about the cast disrobing at their discretion. Elaine Paige has said many times, along with Paul Nicolas that she only ever went 'full monty' about 4 or 5 times during the original London run at the Shaftesbury. Paul Nicolas stated that it all depended what the cast had smoked or drank in the hours leading up to the performance!!!
I saw the first national UK tour and I'm sure I told my mother I was going to see 'No, No Nanette!' in the New Theatre Cardiff!
A young actress with Noel coward after a dreadful opening night performance said to him 'Well, i knew my lines backwards this morning!'' Noels fast reply was ''Yes dear, and thats exactly how you said them tonight'!'
Updated On: 7/23/08 at 12:57 PM

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