Kristen Bell, Hunter Parrish, Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz & More to Lead HAIR at The Hollywood Bowl
The Hollywood Bowl's upcoming production of Hair, the American Tribal Love-Rock musical, which won the Tony and Drama Desk Award for best revival of a musical in 2009, will star Kristen Bell as Sheila, Hunter Parrish as Claude, Amber Riley as Dionne, Jenna Ushkowitz as Jeanie and Beverly D'Angelo as Mom. Adam Shankman will direct and choreograph. Hair will be conducted by Lon Hoyt. Zach Woodlee will serve as associate director and associate choreographer. Additional casting is to be announced.
Kristen Bell is best known as Veronica Mars, and for voicing Anna in Disney's Frozen. She also stars in Showtime's House of Lies and the feature Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Hunter Parrish, who is best known for playing Silas Botwin on Showtime's Weeds, appeared on Broadway as Melchior in Spring Awakening and Jesus in Godspell; his feature films include 17 Again, It's Complicated, and Freedom Writers. He next appears in Still Alice opposite Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart and Alec Baldwin.
Amber Riley, best known for her role of "Mercedes Jones" on FOX's Golden Globe and SAG Award winning musical comedy Glee, recently won season 17 of ABC's hit competition series Dancing with the Stars. In 2012, she made her New York stage debut at City Center in Duke Ellington's Cotton Club Parade.
Jenna Ushkowitz plays Tina Cohen-Chang on Glee. She is the co-winner of the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Glee. She appeared on Broadway in Spring Awakening and in The King and I starring Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips.
Beverly D'Angelo, who plays Mom, was Sheila in the 1979 Milos Forman film version of Hair, Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon's Vacation series, Doris Vinyard in American History X, and Patsy Cline in Coal Miner's Daughter, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.
Adam Shankman (previously announced) directs and choreographs the Hollywood Bowl production of Hair. He is an acclaimed director, choreographer, and dancer whose directing credits include the film versions of Hairspray, which received three Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture-Musical or Comedy, and Rock of Ages, starring Tom Cruise. His other film directing credits include A Walk to Remember and The Wedding Planner. Adam has also directed episodes for the hit television series Glee and Modern Family and choreographed the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.