NBC has announced that its next live musical—a follow up to star-studded productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Hairspray, Peter Pan, The Wiz, and Sound of Music—will be Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. So now the real question: Will the cast hang brain?
The musical, which debuted off-Broadway in 1967 and was adapted into a (very different) film in 1979, follows a group of free-lovin’ hippies circa the Vietnam War. Among them are Claude, an American who pretends to be British, Berger, a charismatic lothario who DOESN’T break up with anyone on a post-it, and Sheila, the student activist who loves him.
Groundbreaking for its politics and contemporary rock score that broke from the tradition of musicals, paving the way for works like Jesus Christ Superstar and Rent, Hair received threats of censorship for the nude scene that concludes the first act. Of the scene, Hair co-creator James Rado told NJ.com in 2008, “It’s like a supernatural vortex. Being naked in front of an audience, you’re bearing your soul. Not only the soul but the whole body was being exposed. It was very apt, very honest and almost necessary.”
Necessary enough for NBC to show full frontal n00dz??? Come on, do it for art! We’ll find out if the network will boldly go where network TV hasn’t gone before when Hair airs in spring 2019.