The Big Apple is losing its Hair.
Hair — the hippie musical that wowed audiences when it hit the New York stage in 1969 — will close the curtain on its recent revival at the end of the month, Playbill.com said Thursday.
The new incarnation of the 1960s-set show — which opened in March 2009 — will end its run on June 27, producers say. The move comes just three months after the original cast of the Broadway show transferred to London in April to join the West End production of the musical.
“It’s been an amazing run,” said Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis in a statement. “Three years ago we started this revival, free in Central Park, and over the last three years we’ve elected Obama, marched for equality, and Hair’s message of peace and love has been embraced by hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. As we bid farewell to New York and head out on the road, we want to thank this community that has given us so much. We started free, and we’re ending free. Thank you New York and hello America.”
The Broadway production — which features American Idol alums Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo — will celebrate its 500th show on the Great White Way June 11 by handing out 500 free tickets to the first fans in line outside the Al Hirschfeld Theatre when the box office opens at 10 AM.
Hair will begin a tour of the U.S. once the Broadway curtain falls, with shows kicking off in Connecticut in October