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Rock Musical HAIR returns to London in its 50th year


Geoids Musical Theatre presents a new amateur production by arrangement with Musicscope & Stage Musicals Ltd of New York.

Nearly 50 years after it was first performed in America, the original rock musical, Hair, will run at the Bridewell Theatre on Fleet Street, central London from 26 to 30 April in a brand new production. The show’s issues of intergenerational strife and war versus peace are as relevant as ever and ensure the musical still resonates today.

The hippie ideology of the late 1960s sought a new world order based on love, peace and harmony. The Tribe have chosen to live together in a commune led by the charismatic Berger. As they act out their lives, we glimpse their beliefs and vision for a better world. At a time when thousands of young men were going to fight in Vietnam, they refused, and dared for the first time to challenge authority.

Ground-breaking when originally produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival, Hair arguably defined the rock musical genre, with amazing musical numbers (“Hair”, “Let the Sunshine In”, “Aquarius”) and a strong, poignant message.

Geoids HairThis new production is co-directed by Julia Kleinsteuber-Walker, who has choreographed the show, and Edward Steward, who provides musical direction. The cast includes: Barry Lattimore-Quinn (Berger), Charlie Welch (Sheila), Franciscus Prins (Claude), Lewis Simington (Woof), Hannah Parker Smith (Jeanie), Tashan Nicholas (Hud), Melisa Minton-Djoumessi (Dionne), Pippa Welch (Crissy), William Moss (Margaret Mead/Steve), Nichola Welch (Ronny), Nicole Vassell (Linda), Michelle Smith (Marjorie), Sean Westwood (Mark/Hubert), Dave Octave (OJ), Charlotte Green (Mary), Holly Matthews (Natalie), Daniel Paul (Paul), Jamie Wright (Walter), Jamila Jennings-Grant (Leata), Jane Skinner (Diane), Jenny Barnard (Emmaretta) and Rebecca Parker Smith (Suzannah).

Listings information:
Book & Lyrics by: Gerome Ragni & James Rado
Music by: Galt MacDermot
Produced for the Broadway stage by Michael Butler

Where: The Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 8EQ
When: Tue 26 April – Sat 30 April 2016, 7.30pm. Matinee Sat 30 April at 2.30pm.
Tickets: Available at www.geoidsmt.co.uk

Produced by: Will Howells on behalf of Geoids Musical Theatre
Directed by: Julia Kleinsteuber-Walker & Edward Steward
Musical Direction: Edward Steward
Choreography: Julia Kleinsteuber-Walker


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