In the vein of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert and Grease Live!, NBC will bring Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical to the small screen in 2019. Craig Zadan & Neil Meron will produce, as they have for all of NBC's live musical events since The Sound of Music in 2013.
This April marked the 50th anniversary of the show's premiere on Broadway (though an earlier version ran off-Broadway before, including as the inaugural show for the Public Theater). The show deals with themes of race, sexual freedom, drug use, pacificism, environmentalism, religion, and astrology. It was controversial when first staged because of its anti-war stance and because it was the first time fully naked actors were seen on a Broadway stage; they were also charged with desecration of the American flag and use of obscene language.
The production ran for four years and 1,750 performances, closing on July 1, 1972. Many other professional productions have taken place around the world since, including four Broadway revivals.
Hair won the 1969 Grammy for Best Score From an Original Cast Show Album and was nominated for the Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical Tony awards. The original cast album spent three months at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1969; “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” was the country’s No. 1 pop hit for six weeks in 1969 and was the No. 2 pop single of the year. “Hair,” “Easy to Be Hard,” and “Good Morning Starshire” all reached the national Top 5.
The 2009 Broadway revival won the Best Revival of a Musical Tony (plus 7 noms) and the Outstanding Revival of a Musical Drama Desk Award (plus 7 noms).
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Which Live! musical was your favorite? Will you watch this one?