A Community Sing-Along Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of HAIR’s Musical Debut on Broadway
April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Presented by the Russell Library, Oddfellows Playhouse, ArtFarm and The Buttonwood Tree
Get out your love beads! Warm up your voices! Prepare to enjoy an evening of “mystic crystal revelation and the mind’s true liberation”!
“Hair” opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre on April 29, 1968. On Sunday, April 29, 2018, in collaboration with ARTFARM, The Buttonwood Tree, Oddfellows Playhouse and the Russell Library, the community is invited to participate in a sing-along at 7:00pm at The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street, Middletown.
In the 1968, the production was directed by Tom O’Horgan and choreographed by Julie Arenal, with set design by Robin Wagner, costume design by Nancy Potts, and lighting design by Jules Fisher. The original Broadway ‘tribe’ (i.e., cast) included authors Rado and Ragni, who played the lead roles of Claude and Berger, respectively, and Lynn Kellogg as Sheila, Lamont Washington as Hud, Sally Eaton and Shelley Plimpton reprising their off-Broadway roles as Jeanie and Crissy, Melba Moore as Dionne, Steve Curry as Woof, Ronnie Dyson (who sang ‘Aquarius’), Paul Jabara and Diane Keaton (both Moore and Keaton later played Sheila). Among the performers who appeared in “Hair” during its original Broadway run were Ben Vereen, Keith Carradine, Barry McGuire, Ted Lange, Meat Loaf, La La Brooks, Kenny Seymour (of Little Anthony and the Imperials), Joe Butler, Peppy Castro (of the Blues Magoos), Robin McNamara, Heather MacRae (daughter of Gordon MacRae and Sheila MacRae), Eddie Rambeau, Vicki Sue Robinson, Beverly Bremers, Dale Soules and Kim Milford. The production ran for four years and 1,750 performances, closing on July 1, 1972.