In April 2010 the Broadway revival of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical transferred to the Gielgud in London’s West End, with the same cast… I mean, tribe, including leads Gavin Creel as Claude and Will Swenson as Berger.
The Daily Telegraph’s Charles Spencer said it was “A timely and irresistibly vital revival of the greatest of all rock musicals.” But Hair is more than just a musical, it is a social and cultural phenomenon.
It went on to win the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, with classic tracks like Aquarius, I Got Life, Good Morning Starshine, Let the Sunshine In and the title song Hair itself.
Will, who was nominated for a Tony for his Hair performance, is currently playing Inspector Javert in Les Miserables at the Imperial Theatre in New York and Gavin is starring on the London stage as Elder Price in the Tony and Olivier winning The Book of Mormon for which he won the Best Actor Olivier at this year’s (2014) awards.
I spent a bit of time at the stage door on a balmy May evening in 2010 mingling with the tribe and getting them all to sign the sketch.
The Broadway musical juggernaut The Book Of Mormon rolled into London’s West End last month and has been doing the ‘biz’ ever since. Written by South Park‘s Matt Stone and Trey Parker and winner of 9 Tony Awards, the show opened to mixed reviews by the British critics, but the public have taken to it in droves. Tickets are scarce, but we managed to grab a few on Red Nose gala night, with all the profits from that performance going to Comic Relief.
Transferring from the US National Tour are American leads Gavin Creel (Elder Price) and Jared Gertner (Elder Cunningham). London’s own Alexia Khadime plays the lead female role – Nabulungi.
Fresh from the role of Eponine in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, Alexia’s pedigree includes Elphaba in Wicked and Nala in The Lion King.