NBC has decided to not let the sunshine in in any case.
The Peacock Network launched that it is canceling the deliberate May 19 dwell broadcast of “Hair,’’ which was to be titled “Hair Live!’’ Diane Paulus, who constructed her fame on her acclaimed 2009 Broadway revival of “Hair’’ sooner than becoming creative director of Cambridge’s American Repertory Theater, had been slated to co-direct “Hair Live!’’ along with Alex Rudzinski (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,’’ “Grease Live!’’).
Paulus, who was touring Tuesday to London for the final word robe rehearsals of “Waitress,’’ which begins performances on Friday throughout the West End, acknowledged in an announcement: “I absolutely understand the pressures of group television rankings — I am solely sad that we acquired’t have the likelihood to convey this beloved musical to a world that needs it now larger than ever.’’
Speculation arose that NBC scrapped “Hair Live!’’ attributable to issues regarding the politically charged materials of the passionately antiwar musical about hippies throughout the East Village, which premiered on Broadway in 1968 on the highest of the antiestablishment counterculture. NBC can also have been spooked by the low rankings Fox acquired for its newest, trouble-plagued manufacturing of 1 different fiercely anti-establishment musical set throughout the East Village:“Rent.’’ According to Variety, “Rent: Live’’ purchased the underside rankings ever for a dwell broadcast musical. (An hurt to a stable member pressured Fox to rely intently on pre-recorded segments).
In a joint assertion regarding the cancellation of “Hair Live!,’’ the cochairs of NBC Entertainment, Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, hinted that the group plans to offer consideration to further family-friendly leisure, saying: “Live musicals are a part of this group’s DNA and we’re devoted to persevering with that customized with the becoming current on the right time. Since these reveals are such enormous undertakings, we would like titles that have a big enchantment and we’re throughout the means of shopping for the rights to a couple new reveals that we’re really smitten by.’’
Paulus’s revival of “Hair’’ earned her a Tony Award nomination, tremendously heightening her determine recognition. Though denied a victory in 2009, she acquired a Tony in 2013, for “Pippin.’’ (Disclosure: Paulus directed productions of “Crossing,’’ an opera by this reporter’s son.) When NBC launched the collection of Paulus and Rudzinski to co-direct “Hair Live!’’ ultimate July, then-chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt ballyhooed the duoas a “dream group’’ who could “create one different unforgettable night time time of dwell television.’’ Greenblatt resigned two months later.