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Let the Sun Shine: Hair and Broadway Make History at the National Equality March

Hair at the National Equality March - Andrew Kober
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"We're hoping for equal protection for all citizens under the law," Andrew Kober says. "We don't want equal marriage rights and a pony. We dont' want civil rights and an amusement park. We just want the GLBT community to have what everyone else has. Although a pony would be nice."

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It was a landmark event for Broadway--and it took place four states away from the nearest New York stage. On October 11, 2009, equal rights advocacy group Broadway Impact paired with over a dozen sponsors and hundreds of activists to join The National Equality March in Washington D.C., bussing the fans, supporters and members of the theater community to the country's capitol for the largest gay rights event in nearly a decade. Leading the Rialto's tide of activists marching for equal civil and marital rights for gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender individuals was an apt band of Broadway representatives: the cast of the Tony Award winning Hair revival. At the head of the hippie band was Tony-nominated leading man Gavin Creel, co-creator of Broadway Impact and the mind Public Theater Artist director Oskar Eustis credits with Hair historically shutting its doors to participate in the event. "I told him he was crazy," Eustis told Broadway.com of Creel's original proposal. "I explained we couldn't possibly cancel a show on a holiday weekend and lose that much money. But within half an hour we all began to think, 'Well, maybe we should do this.'” It was to be a day of many memorable moments. As thousands of marchers assembled, a rainbow appeared in the sky, prompting cheers from attendees. Former Broadway flames Kristin Chenoweth and Marc Kudisch reunited to walk arm in arm alongside stage veterans like Kate Shindle and Julia Murney. Tony-nominated Spring Awakening heartthrob Jonathan Groff, reunited with the cast of Hair, took the day's opportunity to tell Broadway.com he is gay and proud. Tony-winner Cynthia Nixon wrapped pop star Lady Gaga in a celebratory hug. And the Hair tribe turned their art into real life, performing the call-to-action anthem "The Flesh Failures (Let the Sun Shine In)" under blinding sun in front of the Capitol building itself. Broadway.com followed its namesake community throughout the day, documenting Hair's journey both in photos and the words of the attendees themselves. Click through for an on-the-scene look at a what happened in D.C. –Kimberly Kaye

Photographer: Jenny Anderson, © Broadway.com

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Hair at the National Equality March - Darius Nichols
Hair at the National Equality March - Gavin Creel sign
Hair at the National Equality March - Broadway.com Bus
Hair at the National Equality March - Gavin Creel - Equality Now
Hair at the National Equality March - Gavin Creel at podium
Hair at the National Equality March - Gavin Creel soundcheck
Hair at the National Equality March - James Rado
Hair at the National Equality March - Hair Tribe
Hair at the National Equality March - Hair Tribe at March
Hair at the National Equality March - Bryce Ryness
Hair at the National Equality March - Caissie Levy
Hair at the National Equality March - Allison Case - Jonathan Groff
Hair at the National Equality March - Kristin Chenoweth - Marc Kudisch - Anne L. Nathan
Hair at the National Equality March - Audra McDonald - Will Swenson
Hair at the National Equality March - David McMullin - Rob Hillman
Hair at the National Equality March - March crowd
Hair at the National Equality March - White House
Hair at the National Equality March - Jay Armstrong Johnson
Hair at the National Equality March - What Would Jesus Do
Hair at the National Equality March - Baby
Hair at the National Equality March - Gavin Creel color
Hair at the National Equality March - Oskar Eustis - Andrew Kober
Hair at the National Equality March - Gavin Creel - parents
Hair at the National Equality March - Gavin Creel - Caissie Levy - Andrew Kober
Hair at the National Equality March - Kacie Sheik
Hair at the National Equality March - Darius Nichols - Michael Scott James
Hair at the National Equality March - Gay couple
Hair at the National Equality March - Rainbow flag
Hair at the National Equality March - Rally Signs
Hair at the National Equality March - Washington Monument
Hair at the National Equality March - David Mixner
Hair at the National Equality March - Activists
Hair at the National Equality March - Hair Cast on the Wall
Hair at the National Equality March - Cynthia Nixon
Hair at the National Equality March - Judy Shepard
Hair at the National Equality March - Lt. Dan Choi
Hair at the National Equality March - Andrew Kober
Hair at the National Equality March - Double flags
Hair at the National Equality March - Lady Gaga
Hair at the National Equality March - Lady Gaga Fist
Hair at the National Equality March - Gavin Creel - Jonathan Groff
Hair at the National Equality March - Cleve Jones
Hair at the National Equality March - John Moauro (flag)
Hair at the National Equality March - Lady Gaga - Gavin Creel
Hair at the National Equality March - Dustin Lance Black
Hair at the National Equality March - Audra McDonald - Cynthia Nixon
Hair at the National Equality March - Hair singing
Hair at the National Equality March - Hair Let the Sun Shine
Hair at the National Equality March - Gavin Creel - Will Swenson - James Rado - Cynthia Nixon