The Crown Center’s MTH Theater continues its 2021 season with an innovative and powerful production of the iconic musical that defined a generation and changed the world: HAIR: Then & Now.
The production is directed by Nedra Dixon, an actor on the original Broadway production’s 1st Nationwide Tour in 1972. Performing August 5-22 at the Crown Center’s 4th Floor Theater, HAIR: Then & Now captures the music of the legendary comedy musical that brought the passion and revolution of the late 1960s to audiences around the world. MTH’s concert production will feature the full musical score of HAIR, performed by an ensemble of 11 people, as well as a 5-piece rock band.
“We were fortunate to have been allowed to omit the dialogue and present only the songs. This allows us to approach the piece through a contemporary lens and see how current and relevant the music remains today. ‘hui, “Executive Artistic Director Tim Scott said. “Our hope is to blur the iconography of the late 1960s with current imagery to form a powerful portrait of HAIR then and now. We are fortunate to have Nedra and her vast experience with the room to guide us along the way. “
Also of note, HAIR: Then & Now will be one of the first theatrical productions approved by the Actors Equity Association (the union of professional actors and directors) in Kansas City since before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The production team includes musical direction by Mark T. Ferrell, choreography by Kenny Personett, lighting design by Zan de Spelder, sound design by Jon Robertson, costume design by Georgianna London Buchanan, stage design by Glyneisha Johnson and the directing of Lacey Willis.
The ensemble cast includes Abigail Becker, Gabriela Delano, Tyler Fromson, Camryn Hampton, Matthew Harris, Nora Hennessy, Lanette King, Austin Ragusin, Robert Vardiman, Francisco Javier Villegas and Marc Wayne. The five-person group includes Ferrell on piano, Tod Barnard on drums, Cindy Egger on guitar, Jacob Roemer on bass, and Evangelos Spanos on Keyboard II.
“I could go on and on about the power and real ‘magic’ of this groundbreaking rock musical that changed theater forever,” Dixon said. “I will just say that I was a lucky, extremely green, wide-eyed, extremely green new college graduate, a ‘serious’ theater student, when I was selected for this show … my first professional theater job … No! … adventure. HAIR has shaped me as a human being and as an artist in the most positive way. His messages of a global community of empathy, acceptance, peace, environmental awareness , freedom, love resonate as strongly today as I felt them many years ago. It will do the same for you.
Under Union guidelines, all eligible members of the ensemble are vaccinated and seats for the indoor production will be reduced capacity to allow physical distancing and safety. As per current CDC guidelines, masks are not required for fully vaccinated clients; however, other health and safety protocols, including sanitation stations, distancing and no intermission to avoid unnecessary overcrowding, will remain in place. Masks are always recommended for clients who are not fully immunized. MTH staff, ushers and volunteers will be required to wear masks at all performances.
HAIR: THEN & NOW is playing 16 performances, from August 5 to 22. Suitable for ages 17 and over. As a concert production, there will be no nudity.
Due to the reduced capacity, seating is extremely limited. Tickets are available by visiting www.MTHKC.com or by calling the box office at 816.221.6987.