Hippie tuner combs B'way for revival
“Hair” will grow at the Al Hirschfeld Theater, where the Public Theater revival of the 1960s flower-power tuner will begin its much-discussed Broadway transfer in February.
The Hirschfeld had previously been tipped as a likely venue for the show, which is gearing up for a move to the Rialto since a summer run at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park proved enormously popular.
Pre-established demand for the revival of the well-known title looks to buoy producers’ confidence in the show’s sales potential at a time when many legiters are nervous about the box office aftershocks of an economic downturn.
Broadway engagement of “Hair” is produced by the Public and Elizabeth Ireland McCann, the commercial producer with whom the Public has previously teamed for Main Stem runs of Public offerings “Well” and “Passing Strange.”
Diane Paulus is set to reprise her helming duties. No cast has been announced, although many members of the Delacorte cast — which included Jonathan Groff (“Spring Awakening”) and Will Swenson — will likely return.
Original production of “Hair” preemed at the Public in 1967 and then moved to Broadway for a four-year run. With book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, plot follows a tribe of young hippies in Vietnam-era Gotham.
In September 2007 the Public programmed a brief engagement of a concert staging of “Hair,” also directed by Paulus (“The Donkey Show”), to celebrate the musical’s 40th anniversary. Popularity of those concerts led to the full production at Shakespeare in the Park this year.
The Hirschfeld’s current occupant, “A Tale of Two Cities,” shutters Nov. 16. “Hair” begins perfs there Feb. 13 ahead of a March 5 opening.