About the Show
Following on the heels of NBC's critically acclaimed rock musical "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" comes the true original rock musical, "Hair Live!," which will be broadcast in the spring of 2019 in front of a live audience.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have executive produced each of NBC's live musicals since "The Sound of Music Live!" revived this innovative programming genre, will executive produce the telecast.
Fifty years ago, "Hair" burst onto Broadway in the midst of the anti-Vietnam War movement and was groundbreaking in many ways. Since then, its integrated cast, message of protest and peace, and certified-platinum rock score have become iconic. With music by Galt MacDermot and book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, "Hair" has a string of hits that have been played all over the globe, including "Aquarius," "Let the Sun Shine In," "Good Morning Starshine," "Hair," "Manchester, England," "Frank Mills" and more.
"Hair Live!" 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 to succumb to the pressures of conservative America to serve in Vietnam, compromising his principles and beliefs.
After an off-Broadway debut on October 17, 1967, as the inaugural production of Joseph Papp's now-legendary Public Theater, the show opened on Broadway in April 1968 and ran for 1,750 performances. "Hair" quickly became not just a smash-hit show, but a genuine cultural phenomenon that spawned a monster cast album and a No. 1 song on the pop charts for The 5th Dimension. Simultaneous productions in cities across the United States and Europe followed, including a successful London production that ran for 1,997 performances.
Numerous productions of the show have been staged around the world, spawning dozens of recordings of the musical, including the 3 million-selling original Broadway cast recording. Some of the songs from its score became Top 10 hits, and a feature film adaptation was released in 1979, directed by two-time Oscar winner Milos Forman and choreographed by Twyla Tharp. A Broadway revival directed by Diane Paulus opened in 2008 at the Delacorte Theater as part of The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park and then moved to Broadway in 2009, earning strong reviews and winning the Tony and Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
"Hair Live!" will be produced by Universal Television, MGM Television and Zadan/Meron Productions.