NBC will enter the "Age of Aquarius" next spring.
The network announced on Thursday that Hair Live! will be its next musical event and slated the love-rock musical to broadcast in Spring 2019. NBC kicked off the live television musical event trend with The Sound of Music Live! in 2013, and it was such a big hit that other networks got into the trend. In the almost five years since, NBC has also tackled The Wiz, Peter Pan, Hairspray and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Hair is by far the most political of those musical choices though. Set in the late '60s, the musical centers on Claude and his good friends Berger and Sheila. They are coming of age in the world of the sexual revolution while struggling with their rebellion against the Vietnam War and their conservative parents and society. When Claude gets drafted, he must decide if he will resist like his friends or cave to the pressures of the conservative society around him.
The musical was the inaugural show at Broadway's now iconic Public Theater in 1968 and ran for 1,750 performances, according to NBC. It was adapted into a film in 1979 and starred John Savage and Treat Williams. Hair was revived in 2008 and won a Tony for Best Revival of a Musical and came to a close again in 2011.
Now the show is back, this time to be memorialized as a live event. In fact, 2019 will be a big year for Bohemian musicals as Fox has also pushed its production of Rent to next year as well. Better get in the mood for some free love, man.