About The Show

"DIANE PAULUS'S THRILLING, EMOTIONALLY RICH PRODUCTION DELIVERS INTENSEUNADULTERATED JOY." -The New York Times

WINNER! BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL 2009 TONY AWARD!

 

HAIR – the Broadway musical live on stage, directed by Diane Paulus (who directed the 2012 Tony Award-winning production of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) is at once both a joyous celebration of youth and a poignant journey through a tumultuous 1960s America! This exuberant musical about a group of teenagers searching for truth, peace and love in a Vietnam War era America has struck a resonant chord with audiences of all ages. HAIR features an extraordinary and multi-cultural cast singing a long list of chart topping hit songs, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” "Good Morning, Starshine" and “Easy To Be Hard.” The themes and struggles in HAIR, although from another era, seem vital and relevant to the times we live in today in more ways than you realize until you experience the show first hand.

With fresh and sensual choreography by Karole Armitage, HAIR also features book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado with music by Galt MacDermot.

This inspiring new production of HAIR was the event of the season in New York City and the darling of critics when it premiered in Central Park becoming a smash hit. Subsequently it was moved, due to overwhelming hype and demand, to Broadway followed by National tours! HAIR has had and continues to have a profound impact on audiences. The engaging audience experience all builds up to the joyous post-show celebration when the audience is invited to dance in the aisles and on stage with the performers to the anthem, “Let the Sun Shine In”.

SEE FOR YOURSELF, LET YOUR HAIR DOWN AND SHARE THE LOVE!

 

Creative Team

DIANE PAULUS(Director)

Broadway and London's West End: HAIR (2009 Tony Award winner)

Diane is Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. Other Broadway: The A.R.T. production of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (2012 Tony Award winner). Cirque du Soleil touring show, Amaluna (World Premiere, Montreal 2012). A.R.T.: Prometheus BoundDeath and The Powers: The Robots' OperaJohnny Baseball, Best of Both Worlds, The Donkey Show. Other theater: The Magic Flute; Il Mondo Della Luna ; Kiss Me, KateLost Highway.  She is the recipient of the 2012 Founders Award for Excellence in Directing from the Drama League.

GEROME RAGNI (Co-Creator)

Born and raised in Pittsburgh from a large Italian family. After a stint in the Air Force, as a young actor he won the Barter Theatre Award. He appeared on Broadway in the John Gielgud/Richard Burton Hamlet, starred in The Knack Off-Broadway and studied acting and new experimental theatre techniques with Nola Chilton and Joseph Chaikin and the Open Theater. An unusual stage presence, he created the role of Berger in HAIR. Movie: Lions Love. He wrote the Broadway musical Dude with music by Galt MacDermot and coauthored the yet-to-be-seen Sun.

JAMES RADO (Co-Creator)

Born in Venice Beach, CA. Raised in Rochester, NY and Washington, D.C. Studied acting with Lee Strasberg. With Gerome Ragni created the book and lyrics of HAIR . On Broadway originated the roles of Richard the Lionhearted (The Lion in Winter) & Claude (HAIR). Did Agnes Varda's film Lions Love with Viva and Jerry Ragni.  Has written two other shows: RAINBOW and SUN. Over the last dozen years, he has been focusing on the HAIR script again, to sharpen it for modern-day sensibilities.

GALT MacDERMOT (Composer)

is best known for the music he wrote for his Tony Award winning scores for HAIR and Two Gentlemen of Verona. His work spans the gamut of performing arts and he draws inspiration from a wealth of musical styles, crossing the boundaries of jazz, folk, gospel, reggae, classical styles and rap.MacDermot formed the New Pulse Jazz Band in 1979, which features his original music played by some of the world's best musicians. www.galtmacdermot.com.

KAROLE ARMITAGE (Choreographer)

Tony nominated choreographer (HAIR ’09), Artistic Director of Armitage Gone! Dance, is renowned for pushing boundaries to create contemporary works that blend dance, music and art. Armitage has choreographed for major dance companies throughout Europe and the U.S. and has directed operas for leading European houses. Known for her collaborations with important contemporary artists (Jeff Koons, Brice Marden) and pop icons (Madonna, Michael Jackson) she made her Broadway debut in ’08 with Passing Strange and recently choreographed Amaluna for Cirque du Soleil.

CHRISTINE O’GRADY (Associate Director/Choreographer)

Thrilled to continue on this journey with HAIR, having worked with the Tribes on Broadway and the First National Tour.  Off-Broadway: choreographed Iron Curtain (Prospect), Signs Of Life (Amas) and the dance sequences in the recent revivals of The Glass Menagerie (Roundabout) and The Boys in the Band (Transport Group). Grateful for and inspired by my continued relationships with Barrington Stage Company, Prospect Theater Company, Astoria Performing Arts Center, and The Gallery Players. Winner of the 2011 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Choreography for The Drowsy Chaperone. Member: SDC.

SCOTT PASK (Scenic Design)

Broadway Includes: The Book of Mormon (Tony Award), The Pillowman (Tony Award), A Steady Rain, A Behanding in Spokane, Promises Promises,  HAIR (also, London, NYSF Delacorte), Pal Joey (Tony nom.), The Coast of Utopia (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Hewes Awards), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Tony nom. , Drama Desk Award),  Nine , The Lieutenant of Inishmore, , Speed the Plow, Take Me Out, Sweet Charity , La Cage aux Folles, Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown.  Selected Off B’way: Blackbird (MTC), Bash, NYSF, Atlantic Theater Co., NYTW. London: Playboy of the Western World, The Country Girl, Love Song, On An Average Day, (all West End), Tales From Hollywood (Donmar), Old Vic, National Theatre, Almeida, Opera North. Peter Grimes (Met Opera, 2008). Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna.

MICHAEL MCDONALD (Costume Design)

Broadway & West End: Hair (Tony Award, Drama Desk and Hewes Award nominations). The Public: Hair (Delacorte Theater). Off-Broadway: The Irish Curse (Soho Rep), Mr. Joy (Riverside Theater) Tartuffe (Tribeca Playhouse), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Lincoln Center). Regional:  God of Carnage,  [Title of Show], George Street PlayhouseTake Me Out (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Dirty Blond, Omnium Gatherum, Spring Awakening, Next to Normal (Zachary Scott Theatre); Amadeus, The Laramie Project, Angels in America (Chatham Playhouse); Johnny Baseball, (American Repertory Theater, IRNE Nomination, Diane Paulus, Director)

KEVIN ADAMS (Original Lighting Design)

Broadway includes: AMERICAN IDIOT (Tony and Outer Critics Awards), SPRING AWAKENING (Tony Award), NEXT TO NORMAL (Tony nom), HAIR (Tony nom), THE 39 STEPS (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), EVERYDAY RAPTURE, PASSING STRANGE, TAKE ME OUT. Solo shows for John Leguizamo, Eve Ensler, Anna Deveare Smith, Eric Bogosian and Sandra Bernhard. Off-Broadway includes RENT, CARRIE, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, THE DONKEY SHOW. Also: Steppenwolf Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Kennedy Center, Mildred Pierce (HBO), Obie for Sustained Excellence, many others. www.ambermylar.com

JOEL E. SILVER (Lighting Designer)

Previous Design Credits include Tokio Confidential (Scandal Produtions)Educating Rita(Huntington Theatre Company), Candela:Fuerza Y Pasion in Lima, Peru, R.Evolucion Latina Choreographer's Festival(R.Evolucion Latina), La Boheme, Tosca, Aida (Opera Memphis), The World Goes Round (Prince Music Theatre),Art Tatum:Piano Starts Here (Apollo Theatre), A Hatful of Rain in New York and Poland, It Must Be Him (Peter J. Sharp Theatre), Caucasian Chalk Circle(New School), and many production for regionally including Theatre by the Sea, John W. Engeman Theatre, and Northern Stage, and NYU Seinhardt among others. www.JESLD.com

NADIA DiGIALLONARDO (Music Supervisor)

Nadia is a NY-based singer, pianist, music director, and arranger.  She was the music director for the Broadway revival of Hair,  conducting the show at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park and then at the Hirschfeld Theater.  She is currently working on a revival of Pippin with Diane Paulus, which runs at the A.R.T. in Cambridge, MA this January.  Nadia is currently the music supervisor for the upcoming production of Nerds: A Musical Software Satire at North Carolina Theatre.  Other theater credits include: Harps & Angels (vocal arrangements),  The 101 Dalmatians Musical (arrangements) with music by Dennis DeYoung;  The Calgary Stampede (vocal arrangements), Monica! The Musical; and Mario Cantone’s Laugh Whore.  As a singer, Nadia was recently seen at the 92nd Street Y with her sisters, as part of the Lyrics & Lyricists series.  The DiGiallonardo Sisters are frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion and will be with them at Town Hall this season.  They recently recorded a holiday CD with Rob Fisher at the piano, to be released this fall, and will be recording a new CD this May from a live performance at the Virginia Arts Festival.  From 2004-2006 Nadia was the on-air pianist for ABC's “The Tony Danza Show," and has since composed music for various TV shows and commercials.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College with a degree in Urban Planning.

BIG LEAGUE PRODUCTIONS/DANIEL SHER (Executive Producer)

Led by Daniel Sher as owner and Executive Producer, Big League is celebrating its 24th season of producing, general managing and booking Broadway musicals and special attractions for touring throughout North America. Big League collaborated with Disney Theatricals in creating its new production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida which toured in North America, China and Taiwan. Among Big League’s other highlights was a new touring production of Miss Saigon developed in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, which toured the U.S. and Canada for four years. Other noteworthy productions were the Japanese and North American touring productions of 42nd Street with the creative team from the Tony Award®-winning Broadway revival as well as a three-year tour of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man as newly conceived by Susan Stroman. Others have included Footloose (Las Vegas, Atlantic City, North American tour), tours of Titanic, 1776, Peter Pan, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Rip Taylor and the unique spectacular Blast! Big League’s renowned production of The Who’s Tommy has been seen throughout North America, South America, and Europe, and most recently in Tokyo. In recent seasons, Big League produced Guys & Dolls, My Fair Lady, the 30th Anniversary national tour of the Tony Award®-winning musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ starring “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard and the first national tour of the technically dynamic show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The booking department at Big League, helmed by Vice President John Starr, is among the most respected in the industry. Current productions include the dance show Groovaloo which is return- ing to Off-Broadway in 2013, Dreamgirls, Hair,and 2 tours of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! which the company is proud to be ex-ecutive producing.

 

Tour Schedule

The Big League Productions, Inc. national tour of HAIR has closed.

 

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