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August 26, 2019

‘Hair’ set as NBC’s spring 2019 live musical

May 25, 2018
NBC will bring the hippie musical “Hair” to the small screen next year. (United Artists/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

The age of Aquarius is dawning again.

NBC is bringing “Hair” back to the stage as its next live musical, scheduled for spring 2019, the network announced Thursday.

The iconic 1968 Broadway show took on race, drugs and sexual identity against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Milos Forman, who won a Best Director Oscar for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1975, turned the show into a movie in 1979, starring Treat Williams, Beverly D’Angelo and John Savage.

The NBC version, however, will almost certainly skip the famous nude scene that caused a stir when the musical debuted.

“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,” Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.

“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. This will be the perfect live event, and I’m looking forward to seeing Craig and Neil, along with our partners at MGM and the original creators bring the audience to their feet as they experience these beloved songs and recognizable young characters.”

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will executive produce the telecast, as they have done for all of NBC’s live musicals since “The Sound of Music.”

“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,” they said in a 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.”

“Hair” will seemingly fill in for the Jennifer Lopez-starring “Bye, Bye Birdie,” which has already been delayed twice.

NBC’s live Easter show, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” received rave reviews. Fox will next put up “Rent” live in January.

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