Rock musical "Hair" returning to Broadway

A Broadway street sign hangs in New York's Time's Square, November 29, 2007. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Groundbreaking 60s rock musical “Hair” will return to Broadway in February for the first time since the show debuted there four decades ago, producers said on Thursday.

“HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” depicts the birth of a cultural movement in the ‘60s and ‘70s, following a group of free-spirited youth living a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love, exploring sexual identity, challenging racism and experimenting with drugs.

“I had been asking myself, ‘Why HAIR? Why now?’” said producer Elizabeth Ireland McCann. “HAIR’s joy and unbridled hope for a better world is in step with where we are today. Those sentiments certainly echoed like a sonic boom when America went to the polls and elected Barack Obama.”

The show, which debuted on Broadway in 1968 and ran until 1972, will begin previews in February and officially open in March.

Some of the hit songs in the show include “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Aquarius,” “Hair” and “Good Morning Starshine.”

Reporting by Michelle Nichols, Editing by Sandra Maler