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Hair's Broadway cast London-bound

Broadway cast of Hair
Well-known songs from the hit show include Aquarius and I Got Life

The Broadway production of flower power musical Hair is transferring to London next year, producers have announced.

It will become the first New York production to move its entire cast to the West End when it opens at the Gielgud Theatre on 14 April.

The show, which was first staged in London more than 40 years ago, ran for almost 2,000 performances.

It was only brought to a halt by the collapse of the Shaftesbury Theatre's ceiling in 1973.

The musical famously opened one day after the abolition of theatre censorship in the UK in September 1968.

Previously, its scenes of nudity and drug-taking, along with blasphemous and sexually explicit language, would have fallen foul of the Lord Chamberlain's office - which licenced all stage productions.

Afghanistan sentiments

The current Broadway revival started its run last summer, and has been extended three times.

Artistic director of The New York Public Theater, Oskar Eustis said: "To bring the Public's production of Hair back to London in 2010 means more to me than I can say."

Theatrical impresario Sir Cameron Mackintosh said: "Little did I think when I was the production runner on the original production of Hair that 41 years later I would be bringing the Public Theater's acclaimed new production back to London."

He added that the anti-Vietnam war sentiments of the original show were now "morphed into the world's concern at what's happening in Afghanistan".

Hair was briefly revived on the London stage in 1993 and 2005, the latter production starring John Barrowman.

The Broadway cast will be replaced in March ahead of its transfer to the West End.

The move is expected to allow more British stage performers to appear in New York theatre productions.

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