This makes sense. After the success of its live “Jesus Christ Superstar” on Easter Sunday, NBC has chosen “Hair” as its next live musical. It’s network logic: If one rock-styled show does well, another one will, too, right? “Hair Live” will be executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who’ve done all of NBC’s live musicals since “The Sound of Music” in 2013.
“Hair,” which premiered off-Broadway in 1967, tells the story of . . . well, actually, there’s not a lot of story there. It’s about hippies in New York in the 1960s who are for the sexual revolution and against the Vietnam War. They sing great songs, they dance, and, in the original stage version, they sometimes take off their clothes. Once it moved to Broadway in 1968, the musical ran for four years, and it has been revived a number of times.
When Milos Forman adapted “Hair” into a film in 1979, he managed to shape it all into an engaging narrative, with Treat Williams, John Savage, and Beverly D’Angelo as the stars.
“Hair Live” is due next spring. No casting announced yet.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.