Public Theater production pushes closing date
The Public Theater’s Central Park revival of “Hair” has gotten a second extension, pushing its closing date back to Sept. 7.Show, which garnered strong press in the wake of its opening last week, was originally skedded to play through Aug. 17. Demand for tickets has remained high since “Hair” began perfs July 22. Popularity of the offering, coupled with aud fervor spurred by an earlier concert version of the revival staged in Central Park briefly last fall, has provoked talk of moving the production to the Rialto. As is true of all of the Public’s annual Shakespeare in the Park productions, most tickets to “Hair” are free. Diane Paulus directs the current staging of the 1968 counterculture tuner. Current topliner Jonathan Groff (“Spring Awakening”) departs Aug. 16 due to a conflicting film commitment, with Christopher J. Hanke (“Cry-Baby”) stepping in for the three weeks of the extension.