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Growing Up Groff

6 August 2008 1:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

After playing a brainy, hormonal student defying the strict world of 1891 Germany in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening, actor Jonathan Groff is once again playing a rule-breaking youth. This time it's in the Public Theater's revival of Hair at the Delacorte Theater in New York's Central Park. Originally produced by the Public in 1967, the tuner, with book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, was famously unconfined by sexual boundaries, a linear plot, or conventional hairstyles.As Claude, a Vietnam War draftee, Groff sprints through the audience, climbs railings, rolls on the ground, and sings with the ensemble in just the first few moments of the show, then remains on stage for much of the night. "It feels like organized chaos," he says. "You have to trust that if you flail your body, the other cast members will accommodate you."Groff also has a »

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