The Old Globe is presenting the American tribal love-rock musical Hair, which marks the Globe’s first full-scale production in 17 months since the pandemic. Resident Artist James Vásquez (The Old Globe’s American Mariachi and Tiny Beautiful Things), who directs a cast of 16, begins rehearsals today. The award-winning musical features book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot. Performances will play August 10 – September 26, with the official opening on Sunday, August 15, at The Old Globe’s outdoor venue, the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.
“The Globe’s return to full production with Hair fills me with pride and happiness,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “As we thought about the right show for this moment, Hair, which we’d planned for our indoor theatre in 2020, seemed perfect. What could the world use more right now than a group of passionate young people, gathered in a spirit of ‘harmony and understanding,’ singing out for the sun to shine in? At its core, Hair is about optimism. Its characters share a vision of an America that’s more peaceful, just, and inclusive. In this production, staged under the stars in our beautiful outdoor venue, that vision is in the hands of immensely talented artists whose gifts herald a period of recovery and return. The Globe is back, and I’m deeply moved and very delighted to share our work again, at long last, with San Diego.”
In addition to Vásquez, the creative team for the Globe’s production of Hair includes choreography by Mayte Natalio, scenic design by Tim Mackabee, costume design by Resident Artist David Israel Reynoso, lighting design by Amanda Zieve, sound design by Ken Travis, music direction by Angela Steiner, additional arrangements by Sinai Tabak, casting by Howie Cherpakov, CSA, and production stage management by Moira Gleason.
Hair features Alex Joseph Grayson as Hud, Tyler Hardwick as Claude, Storm Lever as Sheila, Angel Lozada as Woof, Jaygee Macapugay as Jeanie, Andrew Polec as Berger, Bailey Day Sonner as Crissy, Nyla Sostre as Dionne, Leo Ebanksas Ensemble, Luke H. Jacobs as Ensemble, Patricia Jewel as Ensemble, Delaney Love as Ensemble, Alfie Parker, Jr. as Ensemble, Christopher M. Ramirez as Ensemble, Bethany Slomka as Ensemble, and Justine Vasquez as Ensemble. The cast of 16 will perform iconic hits from the Grammy Award–winning musical such as “Let the Sunshine In,” “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” and the exuberant title song, “Hair.” Swings for Hair include Nicolette Burton and Kevin Hafso Koppman.
The nearly 55-year-old musical originally premiered on October 17, 1967 at Off Broadway’s The Public Theater and had a subsequent run at the Cheetah nightclub from December 1967 through January 1968. Hairlater moved to Broadway’s Biltmore Theatre and opened on April 29, 1968. A Broadway revival opened on March 31, 2009 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
Hair will play in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre at The Old Globe in San Diego’s Balboa Park (1363 Old Globe Way). Performances for the seven-week limited engagement run August 10 – September 26 with the official press opening on Sunday, August 15 at 8:00 p.m. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. from August 10 to 29; Tuesday – Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. from August 31 to September 5; and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. and Thursday – Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. from September 7 to 26. Schedule note: There will be no performance on Saturday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.TheOldGlobe.org or by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623). Regular tickets prices start at $37.00. Hairis for mature audiences and contains brief nudity. For additional information about Hair, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.
Hair is supported by production sponsors Terry Atkinson and Kathy Taylor, Nikki and Ben Clay, Karen and Donald Cohn, Elaine and Dave Darwin, Silvija and Brian Devine, Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander, Hal and Pam Fuson, Paula and Brian Powers, The Conrad Prebys Foundation, Jean and Gary Shekhter, United, Pamela Wagner and Hans Tegebo, and Vicki and Carl Zeiger, as well as artist sponsors California Bank & Trust and Viasat.
Jaygee Macapugay is a proud Filipino & Broadway actress, currently living in Brooklyn, NYC. Broadway: SCHOOL OF ROCK (OBC, cast album). Selected Off-Broadway: Public Theater- SOFT POWER (nominee for 2020 Grammy & Pulitzer Prize), Imelda Marcos in HERE LIES LOVE, WILD GOOSE DREAMS. National Asian Artists Project: Irene Molloy, HELLO, DOLLY!, and Gabrielle, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA. Selected Regional: Seattle Repertory Theater, 5th Avenue, Casa Manana, MUNY, KC Starlight, North Carolina Theater, Maltz Jupiter Theater, Riverside Theater, Berkshire Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theater, Curran Theater, East West Players. Jaygee has a mission for storytelling as a means for change, particularly for amplifying the stories of Asian Americans. Most recently, Jaygee performed excerpts from Paulo Tirol’s Filipino immigrant song cycle ON THIS SIDE OF THE WORLD with Musical Theater West & the National Alliance of Musical Theatre. Jaygee stars in the Bev’s Girl Films short film, The Language Lesson. She is a proud member of Broadway Barkada, a collective of Filipino artists who support each other through their programs & performance. Jaygee recently assisted in writing the “Filipinos on Broadway” entry for The SAGE Encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies. She also sang for our troops with the USO, as a member of The Liberty Belles. Before the pandemic, she shot a scene for the upcoming film FALSE POSITIVE with Ilana Glazer. Lastly, she has a passion for developing new works, and has participated in early workshops of new musicals, including Alan Menken’s HERCULES and Steven Sater’s LA RONDE.
Financial support for The Old Globe is provided by The City of San Diego.
The Theodor and Audrey Geisel Fund provides leadership support for The Old Globe’s year-round activities.
Bios and photos of all participants can be found at www.TheOldGlobe.org/Press-Room.
The Tony Award–winning The Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional not-for-profit regional theatres. Now in its 87th year, the Globe is San Diego’s flagship performing arts institution, and it serves a vibrant community with theatre as a public good. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and the Audrey S. Geisel Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 16 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages, including its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people annually attend Globe productions and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Its nationally prominent Arts Engagement Department provides an array of participatory programs that make theatre matter to more people in neighborhoods throughout the region. Humanities programs at the Globe and around the city broaden the community’s understanding of theatre art in all its forms. The Globe also boasts a range of new play development programs with professional and community-based writers, as well as the renowned The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Numerous world premieres—such as 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, The Full Monty,Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!—have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.