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Signature Theatre announces the cast and creative team for the rock musical HAIRwith music by Galt MacDermot and book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado. The production is directed by Signature’s Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature’s RagtimeInto the Woods), choreographed by Ashleigh King (Signature’s RagtimeWhich Way to the Stage), and music directed by Angie Benson (Signature’s Pacific OverturesRENT). Performances run April 16 – July 7, 2024 in Signature’s MAX Theatre. Tickets start at $40 and are available at SigTheatre.org.

HAIR premiered on Broadway in 1968, one of the most tumultuous and transformational years in American history,” said Signature Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner. “55 years later, we are in a moment of immense social and political upheaval and the young people of today are demanding a revolution in thought and breaking free from the constructs set by their parents. In speaking out against injustice, inequality and corruption, they dare to imagine a world that is more free and honest. For me, HAIR is not merely a period piece to illuminate a time in our past. There is so much to reflect upon and learn about our present.”

The sensational, groundbreaking rock musical bursts with the jubilant spirit, raging rebellion and psychedelic color of the 1960s. A tribe of long-haired bohemian hippies on the cusp of adulthood champion freedom, pacifism, and joy, but confront a world thrown into chaos when one of their own receives a draft notice for the Vietnam War. With chart-topping hits such as “Aquarius,” “Let the Sunshine In,” and “Good Morning, Starshine,” HAIR’s vibrant, groovy celebration of peace, love and life changed Broadway forever and still resonates today.

“The original groundbreaking rock musical, HAIR shattered boundaries and broke records when it debuted in 1968,” said Signature Managing Director Maggie Boland. “The album charted at #1 on the Billboard 200 for 13 total weeks in 1969 and sold nearly 3 million copies within one year. We cannot wait for Signature’s audiences to hear this iconic music as Signature’s own Matthew Gardiner reminds us why HAIR remains ever-relevant today.”

The production stars Jordan Dobson (Broadway’s HadestownBad Cinderella) as Claude, Olivia Puckett (Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen, Searchlight Pictures’ Theater Camp) as Sheila, and Mason Reeves (First National Tour of Frozen, The MUNY’s Once On This Island) as Berger. The cast of HAIR is rounded out by Savannah Blackwell (Howard University’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Signature’s Overtures) as Lorrie, Patrick Leonardo Casimir (ArtsCentric’s Little Shop of Horrors, Olney’s Fela!) as Walter, Alex De Bard (Signature’s Private JonesPassing Strange) as Emmaretta, Jamie Goodson (Signature’s Beaches, Arizona Broadway Theatre’s Ghost) as Suzannah/Mother, Caroline Graham (NextStop’s Little Women, Olney’s Fiddler on the Roof) as Crissy, Noah Israel (Olney’s A Nice Indian Boy, Keegan Theatre’s Legally Blonde) as Woof, Amanda Lee (Norwegian Cruise Line’s SIX, Short North Stage’s RENT) as Dionne, Keenan McCarter (Signature’s RagtimeThe Color Purple) as Steve/Father, Nolan Montgomery (Signature’s The Bridges of Madison County, Miramax’s The Holdovers) as Jonathan/Margaret Mead, Nora Palka (Signature’s GypsyGirlstar) as Jeanie, Solomon Parker III (Signature’s The Color PurpleRENT) as Hud, and Gregory Twomey (Signature’s Ragtime, ArtsCentric’s RENT) as Paul/Hubert. Garvey X. Dobbins (Round House Theatre’s Next to Normal), Lily Gilan James (Monumental’s Spring Awakening), Nia-Aiyana Meeks (Shakespeare Theatre Company’s The Amen Corner), and Ethan Turbyfill (Monumental’s Spring Awakening) are swings.

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