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HAIR: Brand new Australian production will come alive on the Wyong stage

Hugh Sheridan and Paulini head the cast

A brand new Australian production of the much-loved and revolutionary rock musical, HAIR will come alive on stages in Perth, Geelong, Wyong, Wollongong, Sydney and the Gold Coast in August, September and October.

Thursday, 19 September – Saturday 21 September
The Art House, Wyong
Tickets

HAIR celebrates Sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, radical glory with an infectious, energetic rock beat. The show features a Grammy® Award-winning score including the hit songs ‘Aquarius’, ‘Good Morning Starshine’, ‘Hair’, ‘I Got Life’ and ‘Let The Sun Shine In’.

Fifty years ago, the original Australian production of HAIR was produced by the late Harry M. Miller and directed by Jim Sharman. It ran for two years at the Metro Theatre in Kings Cross to sell-out crowds, controversy and rave reviews, kick-starting the careers of many of Australia’s most prolific performers including Reg Livermore, John Waters and Marcia Hines.

HAIR is situated in the sixties, a turbulent, anarchic and exciting time in which people were losing faith in the establishment, austerity measures and the Vietnam War. Hippie counter culture, experimentation and free-love eschewed conformity and the world collectively let their HAIR down.

Today, amidst global turmoil, issues like human rights, the environment, freedom of religion, race and gender equality continue to dominate dinner party and water cooler discussions across the country – and now, on social media. HAIR’s themes of identity, community, global responsibility and peace continue to resonate, getting to the heart of what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

Leading the cast is four time Logie Award winning TV and theatre star, Hugh Sheridan, in the role of Berger.

Whilst in his final year at NIDA, Hugh Sheridan was cast as ‘Ben Rafter’ in Australia’s highest rating family drama Packed to the Rafters and continued in the role for 5 seasons receiving 3 Silver Logie Awards for Most Popular Actor. Hugh’s theatrical awards include a Green Room Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Cabaret Production for Newley Discovered.

Hugh said, “Hair has always been an important show to me, I’ve seen productions here and abroad, had friends who’ve performed in it over the years, I can’t believe it’s finally my turn! I feel as strongly about the war, gun violence and the questions raised on the human condition as the original cast 50 years ago, I’ll strive to do this piece the justice it deserves!

With her incredible voice and engaging personality, Paulini is one of Australia’s most uniquely talented performers. The Fijian-born singer songwriter first enthralled the nation on the inaugural series of ‘Australian Idol’. Audiences instantly fell in love with Paulini’s impressive five octave range – a voice still unrivalled, and like no other in this country. Since then Paulini has forged a hugely successful career, in 2017 she played the lead role of Rachel Marron in the The Bodyguard throughout Australia for a year, currently Paulini is starring in the hit musical Saturday Night Fever.

I’m thrilled to be joining such an amazing cast for this musical! HAIR is a cultural phenomenon and I’m honoured to be involved in its Australian revival” said Paulini. “The past few years I’ve focused on my musical theatre career and the shows I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in I’ve loved since I can remember, and this one is no exception! I’m so excited to sink my teeth into this new role, not to mention singing classics ‘Aquarius’ and ‘Let the Sunshine In’ will be so much fun!

Over the years Paulini has grown as a performer and songwriter and as a woman, steering her own destiny and making choices that she truly feels great about – the perfect choice to play the role of Dionne.

WARNING this show contains: Full Frontal Nudity, Sexual References, Drug References, Racial Slurs and Strobe Lighting Effects.

HAIR
Starring
HUGH SHERIDAN and PAULINI

PERTH : His Majesty’s Theatre
Thursday, 22 August – Sunday, 1 September

GEELONG : Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Wednesday, 4 September – Sunday, 8 September

WYONG : The Art House, Wyong
Thursday, 19 September – Saturday 21 September

WOLLONGONG : Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
Wednesday, 25 September – Sunday 29 September

SYDNEY : Sydney Opera House
Thursday, 3 October – Sunday, 6 October

GOLD COAST : Home of the Arts
Friday, 11 October – Saturday, 12 October

Written by Kevin Bull

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