NBC just announced Hair Live! as the next musical presentation next spring. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have executive produced all of the peacock network’s live musicals since The Sound of Music revived the genre in 2013, will oversee the project once again.
“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,” Zadan and Meron said in a joint statement. “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.”
Gotta admit, this selection is a bit of a surprise. The counterculture classic is definitely edgier than past selections with its depictions of drug use and sexual freedom. Not that I expect NBC to follow suit, but the original stage production also featured nudity.
Hair is 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 succumb to the pressures of conservative America to serve in Vietnam, compromising his principles and beliefs.
Have you watched any production of Hair? I have and love the music, especially “Aquarius,” “Hair” and “Let The Sunshine In.” Weigh in below.