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"Let the Sunshine In": Hair Begins Central Park Run July 22

By Adam Hetrick
22 Jul 2008

A limited engagement of the tribal rock musical Hair , starring Jonathan Groff, Will Swenson and Patina Renea Miller, begins performances in Central Park July 22.

Diane Paulus directs the Delacorte staging that reunites much of the 40th anniversary cast of Hair , which played the outdoor theatre in September 2007. The current Shakespeare in the Park presentation with choreography by Karole Armitage (Passing Strange) officially opens Aug. 7 and will play an already-extended run through Aug. 31.

In addition to Groff as Claude, Swenson as Berger and Miller as Dionne, Hair also stars Caryn Lyn-Manuel (Sheila), Ato Blankson-Wood (Tribe), Steel Burkhardt (Tribe), Jackie Burns (White Boys Trio/Tribe), Allison Case (Crissy), Lauren Elder (Tribe), Allison Guinn (Tribe), Anthony Hollock (Tribe), Kaitlin Kiyan (Tribe), Andrew Kober (Father/Margaret Mead), Megan Lawrence (Mother), Nicole Lewis (White Boys Trio/Tribe), John M. Moauro (Tribe), Darius Nichols (Hud), Brandon Pearson (Tribe), Megan Reinking (Black Boys Trio/Tribe), Paris Remillard (Tribe), Bryce Ryness (Woof), Saycon Sengbloh (White Boys Trio/Tribe), Maya Sharpe (Tribe), Kacie Sheik (Jeanie), Theo Stockman (Tribe) and Tommar Wilson (Tribe).

The creative team comprises Scott Pask (set design), Michael McDonald (costume design), Michael Chybowski (lighting design) and Acme Sound Partners (sound design).

Featuring book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, Hair made theatre history not only for its rock 'n roll anti-establishment concept, but also for becoming the first Off-Broadway production to make an uptown transfer to Broadway in 1968.

Performances of Shakespeare in the Park are Tuesday-Sunday at 8 PM. Tickets are free and are available on the day of the performance (two per person) at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 1 PM, or by entering the Public's online ticketing lottery at

The closest entrances to the Delacorte are located at 81st Street and Central Park West or 70th Street and Fifth Avenue.

For additional information about Shakespeare in the Park, call (212) 539-8750 or visit The Public Theater website at

photos by Joan Marcus

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