The 25th anniversary production of "Hair" and a new musical about love and marriage called "Heartbeats" will complete the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre's subscription season, general manager Steve Goldstein has announced.
"Heartbeats" -- book, music and lyrics by Amanda McBroom -- will be presented at the Mechanic from Nov. 2 to 28. Goldstein, who saw the six-character musical during its current run at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., described it as "a very sweet and touching show about the nature of marriage today."
"Hair" will play the Mechanic from Feb. 22 to March 20, replacing the previously announced Broadway tryout of "Hoagy & Bix," whose producer, Hoagy Carmichael Jr., has been unable to raise the necessary capital to mount the show, according to Goldstein. "It's a terrific script, and it's something I really would have loved to do," he said. "I've told him that if he's able to get his money together that we'll consider it for next year."
"Hair," which has music by Galt MacDermot, will be directed by James Rado, who co-authored the book and lyrics with Gerome Ragni. Originally billed as the "American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," it opened on Broadway in 1968. "Hair" played the first of three engagements at the Mechanic in June 1971, extending its initial fortnight run an additional three weeks after setting a record for "the largest advance sale in the theatrical history of Baltimore," according to a press account at the time. "Beads and bell-bottoms are back. Why shouldn't 'Hair' be back?" Goldstein asked. "I think it's going to be a lot of fun."