Will Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz, and Other Stars of Hair Get Naked on Stage? (VIDEO)
We’re super psyched about Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Jenna Ushkowitz’s (Tina) upcoming revival of Hair at The Hollywood Bowl (the Glee actresses are starring in the musical alongside the likes of Kristen Bell, Hunter Parrish, Sarah Hyland, and others) but will this cast be getting naked for their take on the classic? Read on to find out!
For those of you unfamiliar with Hair, the original 1968 production of the musical — which is about the "tribe," a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the "Age of Aquarius" living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War with plenty of flower power and free love —called for the entire cast to appear naked on stage at the end of the first act. However, it sounds like this crew would rather keep their clothes on and we totally don’t blame them!
Entertainment Tonightcaught up with the talented cast as they rehearsed in Los Angeles and wasted no time getting to the naked truth. “I don’t think that they’re ready for this jelly,” Amber joked when asked if she’d be taking it all off. “I’m going to say no.” Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland was on the same page when she noted that she’s “not ready for that yet.”
But what about Kristen Bell, who plays the starring role of Sheila? “No,” the expectant mom said. “I’m not able to make that decision in the age of cell phone cameras.” Preach, girl.
Still, director Adam Shankman promised “a lot of naked” from the rest of the show’s stellar cast. “It’s not sexualized,” he clarified. “It’s literally standing there with freedom.” No word yet on whether or not Jenna plans to shed her clothes, so it looks like we’ll just have to wait and see when Hair plays on Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2, at 8 p.m. PT, and Sunday, August 3, at 7:30 p.m. PT.
For more from the Hair cast check out the complete video below and tell us your thoughts in the comments!