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Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater, has announced the Broadway cast of HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. The new Tribe will debut on Tuesday, March 9, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street, NYC).

As previously announced, the original Broadway cast will be moving to the West End to open at London?s Gilegud Theatre. Previews begin on April 1, 2010 with Opening Night set for April 14.

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of the Public Theater commented, "We've got a new Tribe- utterly unique, and just as talented and joyous as our first company. They are going through a full rehearsal period with Diane Paulus and her wonderful team, and when they burst out on the 9th of March, it's going to be an electric event."

The complete new Tribe of HAIR is as follows (in alphabetical order):

Annaleigh Ashford (Jeanie)
Jeannette Bayardelle (Dionne)
Diana DeGarmo (Sheila)
Vanessa Ray (Crissy)
Kyle Riabko (Claude)
Wallace Smith (Hud)
Jason Wooten (Woof)
Ace Young (Berger)

Justin Badger (Tribe)
Nicholas Belton (Swing)
Larkin Bogan (Tribe)
Natalie Bradshaw (Tribe)
Catherine Brookman (Tribe)
Briana Carlson-Goodman (Swing)
Antwayn Hopper (Tribe)
Jay Armstrong Johnson (Swing)
Rachel Bay Jones (Mom)
Mykal Kilgore (Tribe)
Josh Lamon (Margaret Mead/Dad)
Nicole Lewis (Tribe)
Anastacia McClesky (Tribe)
Paris Remillard (Tribe)
Arbender Robinson (Swing)
Kate Rockwell (Tribe)
Cailan Rose (Tribe)
Rashidra Scott (Tribe)
Jen Sese (Tribe)
Lawrence Stallings (Tribe)
Terrance Thomas (Tribe)
Emma Zaks (Swing)
Lee Zarrett (Tribe)

Tickets for HAIR (starting at $37.00) are available via Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at 2:00 & 8:00 p.m., Thursday - Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 & 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00.
HAIR also offers a pre-performance ticket lottery for box-seat tickets, aptly renamed "BE-IN BOXES." Those wishing to purchase these tickets are asked to show up at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre 2 1/2 hours before each performance for a drawing that will take place 2 hours before curtain. For every performance, a limited number of lucky audience members will receive $25 "be-in box" tickets, promising to make their experience of the show both affordable and unique. Limit one entry per person, and two tickets per entry. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Tickets can be purchased from the box office in cash only.

Ghostlight Records New Broadway Cast Recording of HAIR (2010 Grammy Award nominee) has just been released as a limited edition re-mastered vinyl LP.

Annaleigh Ashford (Jeanie) is psyched to be letting the sun shine in with this tribe of magical people. Being the momma to be, she wants to send love and ladybugs to her momma and her momma?s momma (who is watching every night up in heaven). Thank you for teaching me love changes everything and letting me love the music and the light. Love to her family in the mountains, her family in the city, her former family in Delt Nu, and her former family in OZ. Love to her love of loves and love to Breedlove. Yip yip yip to Annie Golden. “Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.” Jude 1:2.

Jeannette Bayardelle (Dionne) is happy to be doing the right thing, at the right time, with the right people, in the right place! BROADWAY: The Color Purple "Celie", National/International tours: The Color Purple "Celie", Big River, Rent, Sister Act. Off Broadway: Best of Both World Film: Disney?s Little Mermaid III. Awards: NAACP Theater Award for best lead Actress in a Musical for the role of Celie in The Color Purple. CD Projects: Praise Report (2005), Transferable (New Release 2009). Both CD?s are available on Itunes. Jeannettebayardelle.com

Diana DeGarmo (Sheila) is blooming with love that the universe is blessing me with this incredible opportunity. A singer, songwriter, gypsy, & gemini, for real. Mom: IOU for LIFE, literally. Dave: you're a brother, father, and more than you'll ever know; love to your girls. My GA, TN, & NYC loves: you complete me. Starshine Tribe: I can't even begin! :-) All things happen for a reason and God has me here with y'all. Loyalty, commitment, gratitude, peace, love, and HAIR!"

Vanessa Ray (Crissy) My favorite kind of Love is the hopeful kind. This tribe is that kind of love. Grateful to be a part in it. Careful cause magic happens!! Not like “poof” magic, the real kind. My happies are the Macy?s Thanksgiving Day Parade, bikes and fireworks at baseball games. Dad, Mom and Peter thanks for believing with me. Hug someone today, we need each other. God=love.

Kyle Riabko (Claude) is a peace-loving Canadian who believes in the power of music. He feels a constant, deep love for his family – most of whom live in the soothing, sprawling, poetic prairies of Saskatchewan. He has been lucky enough to do a lot of cool things in his life, and being a member of this tribe is definitely one of the coolest. kyleriabko.com Wallace Smith (Hud) I am the one who walked by faith from the shores of beautiful Southern California and has arrived here in NYC with this beautiful, colorful Tribe. I give all praise and adoration to the God of all gods. He is the Son of God and the LIGHT that lights every man; and it is because of Him „I Got Life?! Today I dance, sing and cry because I am still waiting on the world to change. Love to Mom, Sally & Candy, Ohio tribe, Ken, Dumas, Kris, Gav, Cali tribe, and to the reason I?m here: DOC & JO.

Jason Wooten (Woof) A bull in both eastern and western zodiacs, Jason is full of bull. This makes him a doubly horny animal and therefore we encourage the audience not to encourage him. Life works wonders, if you only allow it. "Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Ace Young (Berger) has made love to the entire world and is bringing free love, drugs, and rock n' roll back. This Scorpio male has piercing green eyes and wavy locks and knows how to use them. The youngest of 5 boys this Grammy-nominated groovy cat loves to fight the system and take a stand for what is right. As one of the most recognizable males in American Idol history this entertainer has truly done everything from his guest starring role on FOX's BONES, Co-Hosting American Idol Extra alongside Jillian Barbarie-Reynolds, Co-Producing his self titled album, "Ace Young", and Executive Producing his and other artists upcoming records. Working with Hollywood, New York, and the world's best, ACE is riding high on his crazy crazy trip.

Justin Badger (Tribe) is a Taurus who has spent the last three years wearing red while serving up five course trips within the metaphorical walls of Conni?s Avant Garde Restaurant. He is humbled to be debuting on the Great White Way with this tribe that is teaching him how to groove to the beat of a new and exciting heartbeat. More love than he can express to Mom, Dad and Jason. He worships at the altar of the Fantasy Panda.

Nicholas Belton (Swing) came out feet first and is born under the archer sign on the 6th day of December and thanks his mother for natural birthing. I think if we use our beautiful brains properly, the world would be much more peaceful and forgiveness and peace wouldn't feel like pulling teeth. Myths and science guide us, food and understanding can heal us. The grind and hedonism can actually go together. I love that the only person I can truly answer to is myself. This one?s for my big Cali family and grandpa Pisegna up in the sky! Love. Larkin Bogan (Tribe) STOKED: Broadway debut! Originally from South Carolina, a passionate Scorpio who loves the guitar, surfing, food, HAIR! Thankful for everyone who said “don?t cut it,” family, this amazing tribe, a dream come true, the best of friends, a beautiful Gemini. The world is a book, ye who stays home reads but one page. Love to you, Homer and the G?s, the Plainfield Project, Nicolosi & Co., Idyllwild, CAP 21, Tisch, NYU, SC, MT, OFD, and especially Mom, Dad, and Ross. It is good to be Bogan, Roar.

Natalie Bradshaw (Tribe) Her Broadway debut this tribe make-ed, and now she is publicly naked, to Starshine she?s fated, friends and family elated, and BRS money they make-ed (Thank you Mark!). In Jersey Boys she played a tough girly, in Happy Days her hair was real curly, she?s done other shows, that no one else knows, so let?s drink to those, Far Out Baby! Big thanks and love to my family, friends, and frogs Vlad and Putin.

Catherine Brookman (Tribe) is an Aquarius, destined for greatness or madness...probably both. She loves singing, seahorses, cinnamon, and alliteration. She is so grateful for this journey and for her mom, dad, brother, amazing friends, and inspiring teachers. She believes in bridging gaps and dreams about boundless art. She recently began writing songs. TRUST! Briana Carlson-Goodman (Swing) is a native Brooklynite who believes that, despite everything, people are truly good at heart. Unending gratitude and love to her friends, Barack, Aretha, and her amazing family - because of you, I got life. To her love – thank you. She is grateful to be making her Broadway debut with this beautiful tribe.

Antwayn Hopper (Tribe) When the moon is in the second house, and Pisces aligns (procreating) with Sagittarius. Then a black boy born in Weisbaden, Germany, will guide the planets and love will steer the stars! This is the dawning of the age of a DY- NO-MITE Broadway debut! Digs the sour diesel side of life, enjoys long walks in the Sahara desert, alongside lions and Negro-black is his favorite color. Loves GOD, W/L. Peace to CMU/Station3/SCAW!

Jay Armstrong Johnson (Swing) is PSYCHED to be making his Broadway debut as a part of this awe-inspiring tribe! A true Virgo, Jay surrounds himself with beautiful, positive people! Peace, Love, and Gratitude to friends, family, The Mine, NYU Steinhardt, A Chorus Line, and Jacob! “When you set an intention, when you commit, the entire universe conspires to make it happen.” Dreams come true!

Rachel Bay Jones (Mom) is the Scorpio daughter of a pair of actors-turned-health- food-store-proprietors who always encourage her to be who she is and eat her alfalfa sprouts. She has a guy named Benim, who has a little girl named Cordelia. And she is the happy mother of radiant Miranda, who reminds her that love really is all there is. She is over the moon to be part of this hairy community, and enjoys writing about herself in the third person. Gratitude to The Mine, and to Dave T. Solo Album, ShowFolk. www.rachelbayjones.com Mykal Kilgore (Tribe) is beyond excited to be making his Broadway debut in the amazing new cast of Hair! He is also feeling like a dork for using the 3rd person. I am a Leo-Virgo cusp and I love and miss the Florida sunshine. I have a very passionate relationship with macaroni and cheese but, I occasionally have liaisons with cake of all kinds. Mad love to all of my friends and family for their belief in me and there undying love! Through God all things are possible!!! Peace & Blessings

Josh Lamon (Margaret Mead/Dad) A Capricorn, hails from a tiny village north of the Mexican border known as San Diego. He headed east to pursue his love of tiny apts, hummus and Betty Buckley. He?s been seen as Boq (Wicked/1st nat.), Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors/opp. Christiane Noll) and Snail (A Year W/Frog & Toad, Barrymore Award). LOVE to my family, friends and TRIBE! In loving memory of Jorge. P.S.- Broadway debut...get into it! Nicole Lewis (Tribe) Broadway: Lennon, Rent (Joanne). Off-Broadway/Regional: Happiness (LCT workshop); Hair (Public Theater); Boy Gets Girl (MTC); The Me Nobody Knows (NYC workshop); Constant Star (Hartford Stage); The Tempest (Williamstown, Act I); The Threepenny Opera (w/Bebe Neuwirth) &Tartuffe (A.C.T.), TV/Film: “Law & Order, SVU”, “Naked Brothers Band”, and the title role in London Betty. B.A., Yale University; M.F.A., A.C.T. San Francisco. Nicole loves and believes in her families Lewis, Leach & Seymour, her dear friends, The Mine, The Public, The Weathervane, fiber (soluble/insoluble/good moral), international travel, and the gods of the theater (mainly the funny ones).

Anastacia McClesky (Tribe) Laughter-Love-Faith-Peace-Equality-Change. I'm a passionate- crazy-silly- renaissance woman from the south. I'd like to thank the Sun-Moon-Stars-Trees- Ocean y Creator for the chance to get my feet wet once again-I've been here before. I'm a Child on the cusp of a Pisces/Aries Garden in the middle of Kai. I send my love y Thanks for all their support to Mi Familia y close friends- 7 Elevens-Boogie Boards-Flip Flops-Sand-Apple Juice- Honest People-Asian Beer-Bright Colors-Great Music-Cupcakes y folks who truly believe in Life Y Art."I have the Strength y Courage to reach my Destiny!" For Morgan-Miles-Rowen "The future is yours!!" "The only One that can hold you back is you!!"

Paris Remillard (Tribe) Paris entered this world non-violently via the LeBoyer birthing method with the sun in Aquarius and the moon in Aries. Paris likes laughter and wind and apple fritters. He dislikes chemicals in his food and selfishness. He agrees with Oscar Wilde in the belief that life is too short to be taken seriously. And he can't think of any better place in the world to be than with his family or with his tribe. Love.

Arbender Robinson (Swing) to this earth on the 332nd day, the year of the Red Fire Dragon, ruled by Jupiter and sleeping under the Archer. I like the general "feel" of things, and being here "feels" right and the end goal is to spread love and light. A joy shared is a joy doubled, I openly and freely share this joy with you. My Broadway joy has taken me from a record-shop in Baltimore, to a land under the sea and glimpse at this country at the turn of the century. 1900 that is. I welcome and accept my new joy here with the tribe. Did you say hello to a stranger today? If the answer is no, turn around and do it now, you still have time. www.arbender.com

Kate Rockwell (Tribe) is a hardcore Leo and an animal lover. She loves music and a good bottle of wine and snow days and run-on sentences and dancing with her puppy and lots of pizza. She is a firm believer in "make love not war" and while we're on the subject, she thinks the world would be a better place if more people made love more often. She loves her family and her friends and her Mabel and her Spencer and would never be anything without them. She may have once been "Legally Blonde" but now she's jazzed to get her "Hair" good and dirty!

Cailan Rose (Tribe) buried the word “can?t” in the third grade and has never looked back. She is a Scorpio believing in John Steinbeck, Bob Dylan, and Jeffrey Eugenides. As a sophomore Musical Theatre major at Pace University, she also enjoys reading, writing, music creating, laughing, loving, and eating gluten-free meals. Cailan is so proud to return to Broadway after a brief 15 year hiatus!! Everything for God, M, D, M, JSA, SAC, FMH, all my MT nuggets, the STARSHINE TRIBE, and my soul guiding angels. Peace, love, and serendipity. And major props to the original flower child, Jesus. "We're the young, we're alright." –McFly

Rashidra Scott (Tribe) I am a passionate Scorpion and lover of life, great music, friends, and junk food. I want a cure to be found for cancer so it can stop ravaging the lives of people I know and love. I am grateful to all the starshines twinkling from above so I may twinkle here below. Love, love, love to family, Leading Artists, Heidi and Jordan, Diane, and Obamadon! “Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it.”-Mary Baker Eddy.

Jen Sese (Tribe) believes in the scenic route, laughter, the golden rule and the freedom that comes from letting go. Her favorite place is swinging on a swing set, hair flying, feeling childish uninhibitedness and unadulterated joy. She encourages you all to seek your own happy place and hopes that maybe you will find it here, with this tribe, through the magic that is HAIR. May you leave freer than you came. Hug someone on the way out! Peace Now, End H8! Marriage Equality for all. This is for everyone who said I could do it- Mom, Dad, The Talent Mine, UofM school and friends, tulam.

Lawrence Stallings (Tribe) is a Taurus who is blessed to be-in this tribe of fellow lovers. He loves to love, and by receiving relentless love from mom, dad, sis, friends, and a punkin he can return love everyday and in everyway. He once took a strange journey, „twas passing strange; yet it lined up with his mantra: its all about love and whose you are, not who you are! He?s proud to belong to the “original lover”. I Corinthians 13.

Emma Zaks (Swing)

Lee Zarrett (Tribe)

Terrance Thomas (Tribe) Broadway debut! This Taurus is happy to share his universe with his tribe. He breathes in Song, dreams in Dance and wakes with Love. He plays many parts; the brother, the son, the friend, the teacher, the student, the writer and the believer. From the rays of the city of angels, he comes with a new song. He is ruled by Venus of love and desire, in charge of romance and beauty! Terrance thanks the heavens no matter whether he's in the in the throws of his staged bliss or his frantic daily adventures.

Source: BroadwayWorld.com'


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