The Smash Broadway Revival of HAIR Comes to The Bushnell April 26-May 1
(March 22, 2011) The 2009 Tony Award Winning Musical Revival HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, will play The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford April 26-May 1 as part of The Hartford Financial Services Group Broadway Series. Ticket prices begin at $17 and are currently on sale at The Bushnell Box Office, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, online at www.bushnell.org or by calling (860) 987-5900. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available by calling (860) 987-5959.
With a score including such enduring musical numbers as “Let the Sun Shine In,” Aquarius,” “Hair” and “Good Morning Starshine,” HAIR depicts the birth of a cultural movement in the 60’s and 70’s that changed America forever. The musical follows a group of hopeful, free-spirited young people who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War. As they explore sexual identity, challenge racism, experiment with drugs and burn draft cards, the show resonates with an irresistible message of hope more than 40 years after it first opened on Broadway.
HAIR won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival as well as the Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical. HAIR was also nominated for an additional seven Tony Awards including Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. The cast recording was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
The New York Times says "Diane Paulus's THRILLING, EMOTIONALLY RICH production delivers INTENSE, UNADULTERATED JOY", Time Out New York says "HAIR SPEAKS TO A WHOLE NEW GENERATION!” and The Washington Post calls it “IRRESISTIBLE…THE BEST VERSION YET!”
Directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Karole Armitage, HAIR features a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot.
The HAIR National Tour is produced by The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Executive Director), Nederlander Productions, Inc., Carl Moellenberg/Wenlarbar Productions, Rebecca Gold/Myla Lerner, Rick Costello, Joy Newman & David Schumeister, Paul G. Rice/Paul Bartz, Debbie Bisno, Christopher Hart Productions, John Pinckard, Terry Schnuck, Joey Parnes and by special arrangement with Elizabeth Ireland McCann.
Additional show information can be found at www.HairOnTour.com.
STEEL BURKHARDT (Berger) Once upon a time Steel graduated from a school called Baldwin Wallace. He was shy in a small concert, then got naked in Central Park, was nude on a Broadway stage, then bared it again on the West End. Now he is ready for America... then perhaps the World?
MATT DeANGELIS (Woof) Originally from Boston. Proud member of Actor's Equity and Red Sox Nation. Broadway: HAIR (Tribe). West End: HAIR (Woof). Other NY credits: Songs for a New World, Prospect Theatre's The Flood (NYIT Nom. Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role) and The Rockae. Regional: Altar Boyz, JCS, Aida, Wild Party, West Side Story. www.MattDeAngelis.com
PHYRE HAWKINS (Dionne) hails from the small town of Flint, Michigan and is excited to be touring with the cast of HAIR! Credits - London West End: HAIR (Abraham Lincoln, u/s Dionne, Tribe). Tour: The Color Purple 1st Nat’l Tour (u/s Celie & Shug, swing). Regional: (Las Vegas) Avenue Q (u/s Gary Coleman, ensemble). She thanks her family, LeeLee, and RiRi for their continued love and support.
KAITLIN KIYAN (Crissy) feels so lucky to start another journey with the beautiful tribe! She recently realized that it’s getting late, so come what may, for it may not stay...Love to her family back in Hawaii for being who they are. As for Jeff, beloved brother, this ones for you. May Angels lead you in.
DARIUS NICHOLS (Hud) appeared on Broadway in the original casts of HAIR (Hud), South Pacific and 110 in the Shade. Original Off-Broadway casts of Zanna Don’t and Junie B. Jones - The Musical (Sheldon). 2001 National Tour of Fame - The Musical (Goodie). Alumni of Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, Bachelors of Music performance in Trumpet and Vocal Studies.
PARIS REMILLARD (Claude) Broadway: HAIR. Off-Broadway: HAIR, The Public Theater; Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), The Shakespeare Theatre; Anthony and Cleopatra (Eros), The Guthrie Theater; HAIR (Tribe) 5th Avenue Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing(Claudio); Hamlet (Guildenstern); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph); Forever Plaid (Frankie); My Fair Lady (Freddy); Comedy Sports. Film/TV: Good Morning Baby, “CSI: Miami.”
KACIE SHEIK (Jeanie) Kacie made her Broadway debut as "Jeanie" with her hippie friends in the Tony Award winning Revival of HAIR. NY: HAIR (Jeanie) Broadway/Shakespeare in the Park. London: HAIR. Las Vegas: We Will Rock You (Scaramouche). Film: Julie and Julia. TV: “Law and Order.” Singer/Songwriter. Scorpio. LOVE.
CAREN LYN TACKETT (Sheila) Broadway: RENT, High Fidelity, Brooklyn. Off Broadway: Once Around the Sun. Tours: RENT (Broadway Tour & Southeast Asia), Evita, Grease, Fame (Europe), Les Miserables (3rd National). Authored book, music & lyrics of Born Blue. Voiced characters Stella, Darcy, Chatta and Mirta for Fox5 hit cartoon "Winx Club". Blessings & Thanks!
SHALEAH ADKISSON (Tribe) First National Tour! Credits: Beehive, Ain’t Misbehavin, Children of Eden, The Hot Mikado, Grease, Festival of the Lion King. Thanks: Judy Boals, Inc., JToro, Mom, Dad & Kelsie. Proud member of Actors Equity Association.
EMILY AFTON (Swing) is delighted to be part of this beautiful tribe! Tour: I Love a Piano. Regional: Goodspeed, MSMT, APAC, Mac-Haydn. BFA Musical Theatre- Emerson College. Love and gratitude to my family and friends. www.emilyafton.com
NICHOLAS BELTON (Tribe) most recently in See Rock City. Broadway: HAIR. Other: Wicked in Chicago, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Transport Group, Chicago Shakespeare, Idaho Shakespeare. Film: Guiding Light, Jail City. Also a personal chef.
LARKIN BOGAN (Swing) Broadway: HAIR. Other favorite roles include Pippin (title role), Bobby in Urinetown, and “Part of that drinking world” on Collegehumor.com. Love to YOU, Idyllwild, CAP 21, Tisch, NYU, everyone who said, “don’t cut it.”
COREY BRADLEY (Swing) Broadway: Ragtime (revival). Tours: Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Fosse, West Side Story (International). Las Vegas: We Will Rock You and In Time starring Hugh Jackman. Film/TV: Disney's Enchanted, “Sex and the City.” BFA - Elon University.
MARSHAL KENNEDY CAROLAN (Tribe) loves HAIR and can't believe he gets to be part of it. Credits: The Who's Tommy (Tommy), Mamma Mia! (Sky), High School Musical, Joseph..., Cabaret, Anything Goes, Pippin. Love to all my friends and family. Member AEA.
MIKE EVARISTE (Tribe) Broadway: South Pacific Revival (Original cast), Les Misérables Revival (Montparnasse). National tours: South Pacific, Rent, Smokey Joe’s Café, Fame. Commercial: “Truth.” Bachelor of Music from Florida State University. “Thanks to my family, friends, Tiff, and God.”
LAURA DREYFUSS (Swing) just graduated from the Boston Conservatory and is excited to make her national tour debut! Thanks to The Mine, James, and especially Mom, Dad, Meg, Jo, Dan and Kevin for being the best family a girl could have.
LULU FALL (Tribe) is a jazz vocalist/actor with a musical theatre background who studied jazz at Michigan State University. She has released 2 albums in DC and another set to be released in London in 2011.
TRIPP FOUNTAIN (Swing) National Tours: EVITA and CATS. Other Favorites: Altar Boyz (Mark), Gypsy (Tulsa), Chicago, Victor/Victoria. BFA Drama from NYU Tisch. Tripp has the most amazing support system ever. Thanks to all of you. The Public rocks.
NKRUMAH GATLING (Tribe) is very excited about his first national tour! Regional Credits: Band Geeks (Goodspeed), Miss. Saigon, A Wonderful Life, Dreamgirls (TUTS), Baby (Stages), Parade, Smokey Joe's Cafe. BFA Sam Houston State University. Proud Texan and Broadway Theater Project Alum.
ALLISON GUINN (Tribe/Mother) has been in the Public Theater, Broadway and West End productions of HAIR. Other plays include Williamsburg! The Musical! (available on Itunes). Television: HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
JOSH LAMON (Tribe/Father/Margaret Mead) Broadway: HAIR (original cast & recording), Tour: Boq (Wicked/1st Nat. Tour), Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors opp Christiane Noll & Hal Linden), Snail (A Year with Frog and Toad/Barrymore Award) and many other shows across the country. TV/Film: 2009 Tony Awards, “The View,” “Steve Phoenix,” “Walmart.” In loving memory of Jorge.
JOHN MOAURO (Tribe) Broadway/ London's West End/ Off Broadway: HAIR. Regional: West Side Story (Luis), Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler on the Roof also in Honk (Ugly) and Into the Woods (Jack). John received a BFA from Kent State University. Atmomfcmabksubro
CHRISTINE NOLAN (Tribe) Fanny (ENCORES! City Center), Best of Lerner and Loewe (Carnegie Hall), American Opera Projects (Carnegie Hall). Stephen Schwartz’s Making Music in Wicked, Stars of Tomorrow at Yale University. Graduate of Boston Conservatory and Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
EMMY RAVER-LAMPMAN (Tribe) is thrilled to be making her tour debut with HAIR. She is a student at Marymount Manhattan College working toward her BA in Theater Performance. Credits: Children of Eden (Eve/Mama Noah); APAC. Love to mom & dad!
ARBENDER ROBINSON (Tribe) Broadway: Hairspray, Ragtime (revival), HAIR (revival), Disney's The Little Mermaid. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he considers Orlando, Florida to be his second home. He is currently work-shopping a show of a man coming to terms with schizophrenia. www.arbender.com
CAILAN ROSE (Tribe) is a musical theatre major at Pace University. Credits include: (Broadway) HAIR, Miss Saigon; (Regional/Educational) Cabaret, Bare, South Pacific (Liat), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), and more. Everything for Mom, Dad, family, friends, FMH.
TANESHA ROSS (Swing) feels effervescent about this experience!! She is a Pisces who has loved being in (Regional) RENT, AIDA, Chasing Nicolette, St. Heaven (Seattle Times Footlight Award), HAIR, Pippin, Rocky Horror. Love to her friends and family, Namaste.
SARA RUZICKA (Tribe) Tours: The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Pippi-1st National), The Wizard of Oz. Regional: RENT (Maureen), Joseph…(Narrator), Footloose (Ariel), and Smokey Joe’s Café (Shimmy Girl). BFA from Shenandoah Conservatory. Love to my beautiful families and puzzle piece. For my guardian angel.
JEN SESE (Tribe) is thrilled to spread the joy of HAIR across the US. Past credits include HAIR on Broadway, Mamma Mia! (Lisa), The 25th Annual . . . Spelling Bee (Marcy Park). Love to Mom, Dad, TULAM, UofM, and MP.
LEE ZARRETT (Tribe) Broadway: HAIR, Spelling Bee, Jane Eyre. National Tour: The Cameron Mackintosh/Trevor Nunn production of My Fair Lady. Off-Broadway: Encores!, New Victory, Vineyard, Lincoln Center. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, NY Stage and Film, Berkshire Theatre Fest, Williamston.
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About The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Celebrating 80 years, The Bushnell is Connecticut’s premier performing arts center, hosting more than 350 events yearly, including major Broadway tours, symphony orchestras, family presentations, local arts and community events. The Bushnell is home to two theaters- the historic 2,800-seat Mortensen Hall, and the 907-seat Belding Theater, a state-of-the-art performance hall that opened in 2001. The Bushnell’s nationally recognized, award-winning, arts-in-education program, PARTNERS® (Partners in Arts and Education Revitalizing Schools), now in its 18th year, continues to provide quality arts-in-education programs for schools and communities across Connecticut. The Bushnell opened in January 1930 and is a not-for-profit organization that is proud to serve Connecticut and its citizens. For more information, call The Bushnell at (860) 987-6000, The Bushnell Box Office at (860) 987-5900 or visit our website at www.bushnell.org.
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