STAGE TUBE: First UK HAIR TV Commercial
New York's acclaimed Public Theater, in association with Cameron Mackintosh, recently announced that "HAIR", the 2009 Tony-Award winning musical, will open at the Gielgud Theatre on Wednesday 14 April 2010, following previews from 1 April. Tickets went on sale Friday 20 November 2009.
With book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, this critically acclaimed new production of the classic 1967 musical had its run extended three times whilst playing at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park last summer before transferring to the Al Hirschfield Theatre on Broadway where it continues to play to packed houses. In 1967, "HAIR" was the show that officially opened the Public Theater's long time home on Lafayette Street and has the distinction of being the first off-Broadway show to transfer to Broadway. It moved to Broadway in April 1968, running for 1,873 performances. The ground-breaking production opened at London's Shaftesbury Theatre in 1968 causing a sensation as the first musical to open after the abolition of Lord Chamberlain (the British Censor). The production ran for 1,998 performances, only forced to close because the ceiling collapsed at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
A celebration of life, a love letter to freedom, and a passionate cry for hope and change, "HAIR" features some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage including ‘Aquarius', ‘Good Morning Starshine', ‘Let the Sunshine In' and the title number.
When "HAIR" opens at the Gielgud Theatre with the entire Broadway cast, this will mark the first time that an entire original Broadway cast has opened a musical in the West End.
Directed by Diane Paulus, "HAIR" has scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Michael McDonald, lighting design by Michael Chybowski, sound design by Acme Sound Partners and choreography by Karole Armitage.
"HAIR" will have evening performances Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm and Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £17.50 - £65 and are available from www.hairthemusical.co.uk