Following on the heels of NBC’s critically acclaimed rock musical “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” comes the true original rock musical, "Hair Live!," which will be broadcast in the spring of 2019 in front of a live audience.
"Hair Live!" tells 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.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have executive produced each of NBC’s live musicals since "The Sound of Music" will executive produce the telecast.
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No cast has yet been announced for the production.
Fifty years ago "Hair" burst onto Broadway in the midst of the anti-Vietnam War movement and was groundbreaking in many ways. Since then, its integrated cast, message of protest and peace, and certified-platinum "rock" score have become iconic.
"I’m overjoyed that James Rado and Galt MacDermot are trusting us with their masterpiece ‘Hair,’ one of the most original shows ever conceived for Broadway with one of the greatest scores,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. "These songs are part of the vocabulary of popular music, and this rebellious story of young people protesting and standing up for what they believe in is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago."
The 2019 airdate has not yet been announced.