Revival cast of Hair to open production in London

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It was announced that the current revival of Hair is slated for an April opening in London featuring the entire Broadway revival cast and it is even being advertised as such on the splash page for the London production's website.

There is an interesting discussion going on about this whole thing. About what would constitute the justification for bringing an entire cast of a show over to London VS just one or two performers. And, which original casts are vital for the success of a play and which ones aren't.

There are a good few people on the London forum who feel that while it is kinda cool to bring the entire revival cast over, it isn't necessary considering that there are not only a shortage of acting jobs in London. But, the Broadway revival cast, although great, isn't reinventing the wheel and doing that which a cast in London can't do.

What do you all think?
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I think you should provide a link.

And move to London.
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Forgot to post link. Here you go.
Hair in London website
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This is already being discussed (sort of) on the HAIR thread.

We don't have a lot of details -- but I can't imagine that the ENTIRE cast would be willing. But more importantly, I want to know what the heck they plan to do about the run on B'way??
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They are advertising it as the ENTIRE Broadway cast. Their exact words.

http://www.hairthemusical.co.uk/
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dramamama611, Keep in mind that the preview period is unusually short for a show. It is having a short preview period, on that says to me, that it is enough time for a cast that is already familiar with the work.
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I can't believe equity would allow the entire cast to go to London without some exchange. Is Broadway getting the entire London cast of... something?
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I'm not sure what that means as an answer to my comments.^
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CatsNYrevival, from what I understand it used to be that there would be an eye for an eye with regards to an equity exchange. However, I believe that immigration/work visa laws have prevented such things from happening that both parties have had to change how things are done as a result.
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Well, being that some cast members have already moved onto other projects I don't see how it is possible for the entire original cast to transfer.
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This seems highly questionable, especially considering that several cast members have families. There's gotta be more to the story that we don't know yet.
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It doesn't mean the whole cast would be there at the SAME time. Perhaps they would take something like 2 week shifts?

I doubt the cast members with little kids would uproot them so they could do the show in London.
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I predict a scandal.

Here's how it's going to go down:
It's eventually going to trickle out that some cast members did not agree to this and probably won't.
People who already bought tickets are going to bitch that they paid to see the ORIGINAL CAST.
Eventually, we're going to get about half the cast out in London.

Bookmark this so that you can refer back to it when this ALL COMES TRUE.
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I wouldn't be shocked if it just ends up being some of the leads for the first few months or so.
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Remember, tickets don't go on sale for another 6 days, and if there is a twist (which we all agree there is)... I'm sure they will announce it before people start buying tickets to avoid having a 'scandal'.

ETA: Another thing that makes this seem so fishy is that the physical demands of this show are waring the cast out. So many people have left due to injuries and I have no idea how these kids can handle the physicality of this show any longer (especially considering that most of them already did it in central park).
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which of the cast members have families with kids? just will, sasha, and bryce?
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Megan Lawrence has 3 kids.
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Actors with children do shows on the road and travel all the time. And if you make a movie or do a TV series it means seperation, it's the Biz.
Some take them with them, some leave them with spouses, or relatives.
The idea of opening the revival in the West End for six months is a no-brainer.
Living in London for the run and bringing kids over for visits can be a great learning tool.
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If this is true I wouldn't be suprised, the cast of HAMLET did it as have several others.
I think the difficult thing is recasting in New York, but it certainly can be done.
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CPD, I had forgotten that the entire cast of Hamlet transferred.

I doubt the cast members with little kids would uproot them so they could do the show in London.
My go-to example: Patti LuPone moved her husband and son to London at least twice for shows. Or you leave your family behind. Like CPD said, it's part of the business.
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But it's not what ALL performers are willing to do. They cannot FORCE them all to go. I really find it hard to believe that unless it's for an EXTREMELY limited run that ALL of the current or original cast would agree.

And did the article ever say ORIGINAL cast or just B'way cast? Meghan Lawrence LEFT the show BECAUSE of her kids....seems unlikely that she would then LEAVE them to go across the pond.
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I can't believe equity would allow the entire cast to go to London without some exchange. Is Broadway getting the entire London cast of... something?

Oh, erm... dammit, what's that old play about the Danish fella called? Hammy? Hamberg? Oh, I don't know!
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I see why you are called DRAMA MAMA, of course they can FORCE them to go, ever heard of white slavery? And if Meghan Lawrence wants to stop getting a weekly paycheck and not create a role in a West End production to be with her three brats, so be it.
(of course, I am being facetious)
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Lawrence ALREADY gave up her paycheck.

And yes, now that bbw posted the story, it does indeed say "broadway cast". But that doesnt' mean the current cast...could just mean NY/equity actors. Perhaps, Diane Paulus schedule would allow her rehearse HERE but now across the pond.

My thought had been that perhaps they just aren't hiring Brit actors. I would think the current cast might have first crack at the move, but they wouldn't want to destroy what's playing on b'way by replacing the cast all at once.

Time will tell.

(And I caught the facetiousness.)
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