Opening off Broadway in 1967, HAIR changed the face of musical theatre and is still ground-breaking at the age of 50.
ANDY COXON has been cast in the iconic role of Berger, in the new 50th anniversary production of HAIR. Rock musical HAIR opens at London’s fully immersive Off-West-End theatre, The Vaults, from Wednesday 4 October 2017 and is now to run to Saturday 13 January 2018. Coxon (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Les Misérables – West End) is currently starring as Mitch in the acclaimed London production of Yank! (Charing Cross Theatre.)
The cast is completed by;
DANIEL BAILEY (Motown The Musical – Shaftesbury Theatre, The Lion King – Lyceum Theatre), Berger – ANDY COXON (Mitch in Yank! – Charing Cross Theatre), ADAM DAWSON (Jet in West Side Story RSC Live – Stratford), Margaret Mead – PATRICK GEORGE (Cats – UK tour), Hud – JAMMY KASONGO(Beautiful The Carole King Musical – Aldwych), Jeanie – JESSIE MAY (Fiona in Blondel – The New Union Theatre, Rock Of Ages – UK tour). Returning to the production from the acclaimed Manchester run are: Cassie – NATALIE GREEN (Wicked – UK tour), Sheila – LAURA JOHNSON (Rizzo in Grease – UK tour), Dionne – SHEKINA MCFARLANE (Parade – Hope Mill Theatre, The Lion King – UK & International tour), Claude – ROBERT METSON (Ryan in Bear – Southwark Playhouse), Woof – LIAM ROSS-MILLS (Les Misérables – West End, Ben in Ushers: The Front of House Musical – Charing Cross Theatre), Mary – KORYANN STEVENS (West Side Story – Live Nation) and Chrissy – KIRSTEN WRIGHT (Our Seasons End – The AC Group).
1967 and HAIR‘s hippie-hood youngsters live as The Tribe, in the East Village of New York: yearning to change the world, questioning authority and the American flag. They are wild, colourful, free, sexually liberated beautiful people who join in protest and song – under the shadow of the Vietnam War. Featuring classic hit songs:Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In and Good Morning Star Shine – and the story of youth and war still resounds throughout the world making this a topical musical for the millennial generation.2017 vividly sees the world protesting and marching, fighting for freedom of speech; from Trump to Brexit via Syria – the core spirit of HAIR.
Like a mini Woodstock, from the moment the audience arrive, The Vaults is transformed into a fully immersive 60s venue, with psychedelic, innovative creatives, iconic artwork and hippie flower power. With a 60s themed pop up restaurant and themed drinks; plus stalls including: vintage 60s and tie dye clothes, 60s smiley badges and memorabilia, hippie wigs and flower headdresses, vinyl’s – everything needed for a legal high. The audience then move through to the theatre space for HAIR – the musical that changed the face of the modern musical.
The full creative team are as follows;
Book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni
Music by Galt MacDermot
Produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Ollie Rosenblatt for Senbla, Joseph Houston and William Whelton for Hope Mill Theatre and Associate Producers Guy James and Joe Brown. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (Assistant Director An American In Paris – Dominion, Assistant Director The Scottsboro Boys – Young Vic & West End, The Judas Kiss – Toronto & New York, This House – West End, Bull – Young Vic, Pippin – Hope Mill Theatre)
Musical Director – Gareth Bretherton (The Verb, To Love –Old Red Lion, Seasons of Larson – Lyric Theatre)
Choreographer – William Whelton (Our House – Union Theatre)
Set & Costume Designer – Maeve Black (Adam & Eve…and Steve – Kings Head Theatre); Sound – Max Perryment (Start Swimming – Young Vic) & Chris Bogg (Yank! The Musical – Charing Cross Theatre)
Lighting Designer – Ben M Rogers (Jesus Christ Superstar– Scandinavian Tour)
Casting Director – Ben Newsome.