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Sasha Allen, Allison Case Round Out West End HAIR Tribe; Full Cast Announced

New York's Public Theater, in association with Cameron Mackintosh, are delighted to announce that the Tony Award-winning Broadway cast of "HAIR" have arrived at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End.

Sasha Allen stars as ‘Dionne', Allison Case as ‘Crissy', Luther Creek as ‘Woof', Gavin Creel as ‘Claude', Caissie Levy as ‘Sheila', Darius Nichols as ‘Hud', Kacie Sheik as ‘Jeanie' and Will Swenson as ‘Berger'.

Sasha Allen is a backing singer for Grammy Award-winning artists like Leona Lewis, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera and Usher, both on their world tours and their albums. She has also appeared in the cult film "Camp". Allison Case recently made her Broadway debut as ‘Sophie' in "Mamma Mia!". Luther Creek's many Broadway credits include ‘Bobby Strong' in "Urinetown", ‘Roger' in "Rent" and "Footloose". Gavin Creel was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in this production of "Hair". His other Broadway credits include Jean-Michel in "La Cage Aux Folles" and ‘Jimmy' in "Thoroughly Modern Millie", for which he was also nominated for a Tony Award. Gavin also played the leading role of ‘Bert' in "Mary Poppins" at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. Caissie Levy most recently starred as ‘Elphaba' in the LA production of "Wicked", a role she also played on Broadway. Caissie has also appeared as ‘Penny Pingleton' in the Broadway and U.S. touring companies of "Hairspray". Darius Nichols recently appeared in the Broadway revival of "South Pacific". His other credits include "110 In The Shade" on Broadway and "Zanna, Don't!" Off-Broadway. Kacie Sheik made her Broadway debut in this production of "Hair" and has also appeared in the Las Vegas production of "We Will Rock You". Her film credits include "Julie and Julia". Will Swenson was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in this production of "Hair". His other theatre credits include "Rock of Ages", "We Will Rock You" and "110 In The Shade".

The rest of the company includes Ato Blankson-Wood, Steel Burkhardt, Matt DeAngelis, Lauren Elder, Allison Guinn, Phyre Hawkins, Anthony Hollock, Crystal Joy, Kevin Kern, Kaitlin Kiyan, Andrew Kober, Megan Lawrence, John Moauro, Brandon Pearson, Megan Reinking, Michael James Scott, Hannah Shankman and Maya Sharpe.

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 Sun Shine In' and the title number.

"HAIR" has 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 in the summer of 2008 before transferring to the Al Hirschfield Theatre on Broadway where it continues to play to packed houses and recently celebrated its first birthday. 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.

Directed by Diane Paulus, "HAIR" has scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Michael McDonald, lighting design by Kevin Adams, sound design by Acme Sound Partners and choreography by Karole Armitage.

"HAIR" is produced in London by the Public Theater, Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, John Gore, Thomas B. McGrath in association with Cameron Mackintosh. The Public Theater (currently under the Artistic Directorship of Oskar Eustis) was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 as the Shakespeare Workshop and is now one of America's pre-eminent cultural institutions, producing new plays, musicals, productions of Shakespeare, and other classics at its headquarters on Lafayette Street and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public has won 40 Tony Awards, 145 Obies, 39 Drama Desk Awards, 24 Lucille Lortel Awards and 4 Pulitzer Prizes.

"HAIR" has 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

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