Why NBC Decided To Cancel ‘Hair’ Live Musical

Sorry Hair fans, but NBC has decided to cancel the live musical that was slated to premiere on May 19 this year.

The cancelation of the musical comes just eight months after NBC announced their plans to do a live version of the 1960s musical.

“Live musicals are a part of this network’s DNA and we are committed to continuing that tradition with the right show at the right times,” NBC Entertainment co-chairmen Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks said in a statement.

“Since these shows are such enormous undertakings, we need titles that have a wide appeal and we’re in the process of acquiring the right s to a couple of new shows that we’re really excited about,” the statement continues.

Many fans have two theories on why they are canceling Hair live. FOX’s live Rent just premiered and has the lowest-ratings ever of the recent live musicals. Many think the low ratings are due to the topic of the musical being very heavy. Hair‘s is mainly about the Vietnam War, counterculture and the sexual revolution so the heavy subject matter could be behind why they have canceled the show.

There is also speculation that they canceled the performance because of the premiere date. May 19 is the same night at the season finale of American Idol and most importantly the series finale of Game of Thrones.

It’s unsure if the premiere of Hair live will be moved or scrapped for good. This is also not the first time NBC has canceled a live musical. Hair was originally the replacement for Bye Bye Birdie. Jennifer Lopez was supposed to star as the main role, Rosie Alvarez, but her schedule meant production would be delayed.

Do you think Hair will ever air?

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