Gareth Gates Leads UK Tour of Hair, Opens April 2012
Date: 20 October 2011
As previously tipped by Whatsonstage.com, Gareth Gates will star in a UK tour of 60s rock musical Hair next year.
Gary Lloyd's international touring production will open at the Liverpool Empire on 9 April 2012 and tour through to mid-July. Gates, who shot to fame in the first series of ITV's Pop Idol, will play the leading role of Claude, who falls in with a group of hippies called the Tribe.
Hair has book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot. The score includes numbers such as “Aquarius”, “Ain’t Got No”, “I Got Life”, “Good Morning Starshine”, "Let the Sun Shine In" and the title song.
It was last seen in the West End in 2010 when the full Broadway company of the Public Theater production were transferred to the Gielgud Theatre by impresario Cameron Mackintosh. The show played a five-month run from 14 April (previews from 1 April) to 4 September 2010.
Gareth Gates has notched up a number of musical theatre credits in recent years, including the title role in the West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as well as starring in the 25th Anniversary production of Les Misérables.
Hair will be produced by EJB Entertainment and Charles Aerts Entertainment in association with The Booking Office.
|I saw Hair too and am so pleased to read of the tour next year.
Think Gareth Gates' voice will really suit the part of Claude.
- Amy||21 Oct 11|
|We saw Hair in London and were blown away. Can't wait to see it again. So happy it's gone on tour. - Stuie||21 Oct 11|
|I hope this comes near me (Scotland please). I too saw Gareth in Les Mis and he was wonderful, although this will be a bit of a change. - Amy||20 Oct 11|
|I'm thrilled Gareth Gates will be taking the lead role in Hair next year. He did a fantastic job in both Joseph and Les Mis and if he does as well in Hair it will be great. - Jessie||20 Oct 11|
|I'm happy Hair gets another run in the UK, and whilst I'm not thrilled about Gareth Gates, I'm willing to give him a chance.
As for the him naked comment - Claude doesn't get naked. So calm yourself. - Anon||20 Oct 11|
|Oh. My. God! That is NOT an image I want in my head thank you ver much...Gareth Gates nude? Flogging his wares on stage is bad enough but come on... - Suzanne Mole||20 Oct 11|
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