A brand-new Australian production of the revolutionary rock musical, HAIR will be performed on the outdoor stage at Home of the Arts (HOTA) this October as part of a national tour which also takes Perth, Geelong, Wyong, Wollongong and Sydney. HOTA is the exclusive home of HAIR in Queensland and follows an opening launch program for the outdoor stage last year which featured exclusive performances by acclaimed artists Tim Minchin, Laurie Anderson and Neil Finn. The cast will be led by award-winning television and theatre star Hugh Sheridan in the role of Berger as well as Australian musical powerhouse Paulini in the role of Dionne and will be produced by David M Hawkins.
HAIR is set in the 1960s, a turbulent, anarchic and exciting time in which people were losing faith in the establishment, austerity measures and celebrates sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, radical glory with an infectious, energetic rock beat. HAIR’s themes of identity, community, global responsibility and peace continue to resonate, getting to the heart of what it means to be a young person in a changing world.
Producer David M Hawkins said, “After seeing the 2009 Broadway revival of HAIR, I’ve wanted to bring the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical back to Australia. It seemed fitting to wait for the 50th Anniversary to create a brand-new production to tour Australia that’s imbued with the essence of the counter-culture,” said Hawkins. “There are a handful of commercial musicals that have truly changed the theatrical landscape. HAIR, with its rock score and social impact, certainly fits the bill. I think it is important this show is staged now; HAIR is a great reminder of how far we have come in many ways and how much we still have to do.”
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