Hair Will Return to Broadway for the Summer
If you didn’t get a chance to catch the recent revival of Hair on Broadway, you are now being given a second chance. It was announced today that the National Tour of Hair will stop in New York City this summer to play the St. James Theatre from July 5th to September 10th.
Following the heels of successful tour, which has been touring the country for the 2010-2011 season, producers today announced the Hair tour will stop in New York City this summer to play for a limited time. The show will play at the St. James Theatre, which is located on 44th street, and is currently home to Green Day’s American Idiot.
Hair was last seen on Broadway in the 2009 season for which it had much success as a revival. It won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical and won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Album that year. The national tour of Hair is directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Karole Armitage. Hair features a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot.
Hair was originally produced Off-Broadway at the Public in 1967 and in the same year transferred to Broadway. It ran at the Public Off-Broadway for 6 weeks as a limited engagement and then transferred to Broadway where it ran for only 45 performances. However, after Hair’s closing, it went under major renovations which included adding 13 new songs including the well known “Let the Sun Shine In”. It then re-opened on Broadway 3 months later. That production went on to run for 4 years and closed in 1972. The original production was nominated for Best New Musical and Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards. The musical was revived in 2009, as previously mentioned, and from the heels of that successful Broadway run launched a tour which will now find itself back in New York City once again.
As for this latest news of Hair returning, I have to say I actually don’t feel too great about the idea. It isn’t that I’m not a fan of the show, it just seems to me like this is a little too soon and there seems to be other things on people’s mind for this idea. Money is the word I’m talking about if you don’t get my hint. In a season full of new and original musicals, it seems out of place to put up a show that not only is much older but a show that was just recently on Broadway in such a successful revival. Not that I don’t love revivals or think we should use our classic Broadway shows; I love them! But it seems to be more of a limited engagement return to Broadway rather then the tour just stopping by for a couple weeks. While this news is exciting for those who were not able to see the 2009 revival, for many this game of reusing shows that closed yesterday is getting old fast and quick. (i.e. RENT which also returns this summer) While it hurts any theatre person to see an empty theatre, it might be better to see an empty theatre for a few weeks then to put up a show for a few weeks which only closed a few weeks ago. (Hair actually closed on June 27th, 2010) Just saying, is it appropriate to have a show return to Broadway literally a year after it has just closed? You answer that.
Hair will begin at the St. James Theatre on July 5th and have an official opening set for July 13th. It will then play through September 10th. The touring company also features many members of the 2009 Broadway revival. Luner on Theatre will report back on any other information about Hair’s return to Broadway. For more information, check out Hair’s Official National Tour Website.