Thursday, January 08, 2009

More Broadway News from Applause Theatre Service on the Upcoming "Hair" Revival

I don't know whether or not this is great casting but Tony Award nominee Gavin Creel will star as Claude in the upcoming Broadway revival of the tribal love rock musical Hair, which is scheduled to begin performances March 6 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Creel will star in the role originated by Spring Awakening Tony nominee Jonathan Groff in the Public Theater's recent Central Park engagement of Hair. It's ashame Groff couldn't bring it to Broadway, from what I heard, not seeing it in Central Park, he was pretty darn terrific. I saw Creel in the last revival of La Cage Aux Folles and was not overly impressed but we shall see.
Also big news from the show's casting front, Wicked's Eden Espinosa, who was previously announced to portray Sheila in the Broadway revival, has withdrawn from Hair "for personal reasons."
Additional casting for the revival will be announced shortly.
"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 musical follows a group of hopeful, free-spirited young people who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War. As they explore sexual identity, challenge racism, experiment with drugs and burn draft cards, the 'tribe' in Hair creates an irresistible message of hope, peace and change that continues to resonate with audiences 40 years later," state press notes for the Broadway revival.
Gavin Creel recently concluded performances in the London run of Mary Poppins in the role of cockney chimney sweep Bert.
Hair will play the following performance schedule: Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM. Call an Applause Theatre Service Sales Expert now to book tickets to this show as well as all the other shows currently On and Off-Broadway! 800-451-9930. Ask for the Insider Deal for some great Winter Insider Savings!

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