January 21, 2020 at 3:06 pm PST | by John Paul King
LGBT Center mounts new production of ‘Hair’

Image courtesy Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is getting ready to head back into the era of flower children and free love with the iconic musical, “Hair.”

The Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has announced a brand-new production of the groundbreaking rock musical, to be directed by Kate Sullivan with musical direction by Jared Stein. Sullivan is a seasoned and highly-regarded LA directors of theatre, film, and television; Stein is a veteran of many Broadway and National Tour productions.

“Hair” (subtitled “The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical”) debuted on Broadway on April 29, 1968, after a hugely successful off-Broadway run. With music by Galt MacDermot and a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, it confronted mainstream America with an “inside look” at the then-exploding hippie culture, diving headlong into issues such as drugs, sex, racism, and the Viet Nam War while introducing songs like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” and “Let the Sun Shine In” into the popular culture.

The original Broadway cast featured then-newcomers like Ronnie Dyson, Paul Jabara, Diane Keaton, Lynn Kellogg, Shelley Plimpton, and Melba Moore; joining the cast throughout the run were many other stars and future stars, including Keith Carradine, Kay Cole, Ted Lange, Heather MacRae, Meat Loaf, Ben Vereen, Hattie Winston, Robin McNamara, and Vicki Sue Robinson. It ran for 1750 performances in its original Broadway run and has since been revived twice; an LA production which opened in October 1968 ran for two years, an unprecedented length of time for that era. In addition, there have been thousands of other productions worldwide over the last fifty years. The 1979 film adaptation, directed by Milos Forman with choreography by Twyla Tharp, and starring Treat Williams, Beverly D’Angelo, and John Savage, has become a classic in its own right.

For this new production, Sullivan and Stein will be joined by award-winning choreographer Alexis Carra, with scenic design by Stephen Gifford, lighting by Matt Richter, sound by Edwin Peraza, and costumes by Allison Dillard. The cast has not yet been announced.

The show opens March 27 in the Davidson/Valenti Theatre at 1125 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood, with two preview performances on Wednesday, March 25, and Thursday, March 26, at 8pm. The regular performance schedule will be Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm through April 26.

For more information and for tickets, you can call the Los Angeles LGBT Center at (323) 860-7300, or you can visit their website.

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