NBC is ready to let the sunshine in with "Hair"! The network announced Broadway's 1968 anti-war classic will be its next live musical adaptation, after the recent success of "Jesus Christ Superstar Live."
"Hair" will air next spring 2019.
Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron share a joint statement:
"When we both, individually, saw Hair on Broadway, we were knocked out by how musical theater could be stretched into something so daring, immersive and audacious. Its recent Broadway revival showed how timeless the show is and that it's relevant to any era. Hair is filled with heartfelt emotion, joy and thrilling music and it really will be the new dawning of the Age of Aquarius."
Several "Hair" songs became top radio hits, including "Aquarius" and "Good Morning Starshine." (Guessing they will skip "Sodomy" -- and maybe the nude scene, although they could find a way to adapt that for network TV.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt also shared a statement:
"These songs are part of the vocabulary of popular music, and this rebellious story of young people protesting and standing up for what they believe in is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. This will be the perfect live event, and I'm looking forward to seeing Craig and Neil, along with our partners at MGM and the original creators, bring the audience to their feet as they experience these beloved songs and recognizable young characters."
Stay tuned for casting announcements. Milos Forman directed an adaptation of the musical in 1979, starring John Savage, Treat Williams, and Beverly D'Angelo.
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In New York City for the first time while on his way to enlist in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, Oklahoma farm hand Claude Hooper Bukowski (John Savage) meets up with a freewheeling group of Central Park hippies led by the irrepressible George Berger (Treat Williams). When the unlikely friends meet upper-middle-class debutante Sheila Franklin (Beverly D'Angelo), sparks fly between the country boy and the city girl, and Berger's troupe attempts to keep the young lovers together. Read More