Michael Butler To Produce HAIR in LA



WHAT: “Hair.” The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. WHO: Book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado. Music by Galt McDermot. Produced by the MET Theatre and Michael Butler. Directed by Bo Crowell. Musical director: Christian Nesmith.
WHERE: The MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Av., Hollywood, CA 90029. This is one block east of Western Ave. and a few steps south of Santa Monica Blvd. Free secured parking is available ½ block east of the venue on Santa Monica Blvd. in the Earl Scheib lot.

WHEN: Previews September 7, 8, 9, 13. Opens Friday, September 14, runs through November 3. Regular showtimes: Thurs.- Sat. at 8, Sun. at 3.

ADMISSION: $30-$34. Student, senior and group discounts available upon request. RESERVATIONS: (323) 957-1152. WEBSITE: www.theMETtheatre.com

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“Hair” (1968) made Broadway history as the first rock musical, initially running over 4 years with a slew of chart-topping hit songs including “The Age of Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” “Easy To Be Hard,” and “Hair.” Thirty-nine years after its Broadway debut, original Broadway producer Michael Butler is back to produce it at the MET Theatre in Hollywood.

The show explored the world of the “Flower Children” of the 1960s, their joy in life and loving, their irreverent attitude towards society, and their resistance to a war overseas in which U.S. participation may have been unnecessary (sound familiar?), and in particular, their resistance to the wartime draft.

Bo Crowell directs and Christian Nesmith is musical director. They have previously collaborated on productions of “Hair” both in the U.S. and overseas, including the 30th anniversary production in Hollywood with Candlefish Theatre Comapny. Crowell recently served several years as the technical director of the MET Theatre., and recently directed its workshop presentation of the musical “The Return.” Nesmith is the son of 60s rock star Michael Nesmith (of The Monkees).

Butler’s other producing credits include “Lenny,” “Reggae,” and “The Trial of the Catonsville Nine.”

“Hair” features an attractive young cast bedecked in wildly colorful 60s attire (and, in one scene, wearing nothing at all) singing their hearts out. It premiered after several grim years of turmoil in America, with a stubbornly optimistic view of the country’s future. It’s time for “Hair” to grow again.

Press/media contact: Philip Sokoloff, (626) 683-9205



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3 Responses to “Michael Butler To Produce HAIR in LA”

  1. barbara siomos said:


    Much Love and Luck to you with this venture… wish I did not live on the East Coast it is a bit too far for me to venture out west… 🙂

    peace and love,

  2. DoriSophia said:

    Hey Michael! I’m excited to hear you are involved in another production of HAiR! I met you at my Red Bank(Count Basie), NJ production (I was Co-Director and Choreographer, chica with long hair!). Was just wondering if you have cast the show? If not, where can I find audition information for me and my tribe? Thanks so much!
    Peace & Love
    Dori Sophia


  3. Nina Dayton said:

    Auditions starting May 19th, in LA


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