Get ready to relive the Age of Aquarius with NBC’s announcement that its next live musical will be “Hair”, the groundbreaking counterculture classic that debuted on Broadway during the turbulent late 1960s.
The network’s live production of “Hair” follows this year’s John Legend-starring “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” and live productions of “Hairspray”, “The Wiz”, “Peter Pan”, and “The Sound of Music”. For the sixth consecutive year, NBC’s live musical will be executive-produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
“Hair Live!”, states NBC’s synopsis, “tells the story of a group of politically active hippies living a bohemian life in New York while fighting against and resisting the Vietnam War. Claude, his good friends Berger and Sheila, and their ‘tribe’ are coming of age in the world of the sexual revolution while struggling with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or succumb to the pressures of conservative America to serve in Vietnam, compromising his principles and beliefs.”
“I’m overjoyed that James Rado and Galt MacDermot are trusting us with their masterpiece ‘Hair,’ one of the most original shows ever conceived for Broadway with one of the greatest scores,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment, in the announcement. “These songs are part of the vocabulary of popular music, and this rebellious story of young people protesting and standing up for what they believe in is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. This will be the perfect live event, and I’m looking forward to seeing Craig and Neil, along with our partners at MGM and the original creators bring the audience to their feet as they experience these beloved songs and recognizable young characters.”
“When we both, individually, saw ‘Hair’ on Broadway, we were knocked out by how musical theatre could be stretched into something so daring, immersive and audacious,” added Zadan and Meron. “Its recent Broadway revival showed how timeless the show is and that it’s relevant to any era. ‘Hair’ is filled with heartfelt emotion, joy and thrilling music and it really will be the new dawning of the Age of Aquarius.”
Casting has yet to take place for “Hair Live!”, which will air sometime in spring 2019.