NBC is at it again! The network that brought you live musical productions such as Hairspray Live!, The Wiz Live! and The Sound of Music Live! is getting a team together for their next project, Hair Live! The event will take place in front of a live audience on May 19, 2019.
While there have not been any casting announcements made yet, the network will be bringing on musical powerhouses Diane Paulus and Alex Rudzinski to direct. Paulus is the perfect woman to helm the live musical as she received a Tony award in 2009 for directing the 2009 Broadway revival of the show.
Rudzinski is fresh of his director status for NBC’s latest live musical Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which recently earned 13 Emmy nominations including one for Directing for Rudzinski. He’s also won an Emmy award for directing Fox’s record-breaking musical Grease Live! Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will once again executive produce the show just as they have for all of NBC’s live musicals.
Hair is a rock musical that tells “the story of peace, love and hope, through a group of politically active hippies living a bohemian life in New York while fighting against and resisting the Vietnam War” It follows a character named Claude and his group of friends including Sheila and Berger who form a “tribe” in order to rebel against the government, the Vietnam War, and sexual repression.
[row]“We have the dream team to bring Hair Live! vividly to life and create another unforgettable night of live television. I was at the electrifying opening night of Diane Paulus’ Tony-winning revival of Hair 10 years ago and was blown away by how relevant and utterly joyous this show became in her hands. She is one of the most successful directors working in the theatre today and we’re thrilled she will be collaborating with Alex Rudzinski, the most daring director working in live musical television. This show also has one of the great scores of all time with songs that climbed the charts 50 years ago and have since become iconic hits in our pop culture,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. [/row]
The show first opened on Broadway in 1968 and closed in 1972. It was turned into a movie musical for the big screen in 1979 starring John Savage, Treat Williams, and Beverly D’Angelo. It was later revived in 2009 for Broadway.
Hair Live! and all of its long locked glory will premiere on NBC on May 19, 2019.
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