Escape to a place where peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars. Experience Hair March 4 at the Long Center.
Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical has been around since 1967, but as Time magazine wrote in 2008, “Today Hair seems, if anything, more daring than ever.” Let’s travel back through time and take a look at Hair’s journey through theater and pop culture history.
Before the hippies of Hair invaded the Great White Way, they started off-Broadway in 1967. Less then a year later it made its way to Broadway. In between, Hair underwent some major transitions. In the off-Broadway version the character Claude was an alien. Talk about far out! A total of 13 new songs were added to the Broadway incarnation as well, including one of the most well known songs from the show, “Let the Sunshine In”. The original Broadway the production ran for a total of 1,997 performances, won a Grammy and was nominated for two Tonys. Here is a video of the original Broadway cast performing of the Johnny Carson Show.
The production was very controversial for it’s time. The characters in the show have trouble with the law, but in real life creators did as well. It was charged with desecration of the American flag and use of obscene language. Multiple legal cases were fought against the show and two made it to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The 1970s saw a revival of the show and a movie version. The movie received positive reviews was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy.
Hair has had a lasting effect on pop culture. It’s been referenced in a number of TV shows and movies, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,
In 2009 Hair was on Broadway yet again! This time after a successful production in Central Park that stared Jonathan Groff (Glee, HBO’s Looking).
The 2009 Broadway revival was very successful. It won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, the Drama League Award for Distinguished Revival of a Musical, AND the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. Not only was the show critically successful, but audiences were flocking to it. It became one of the fastest-recouping musicals in Broadway history.
The cast had a chance to perform on “Late Night with David Letterman”- the same stage where the original cast performed on Ed Sullivan 40 years earlier!
Now it’s 2014 and the latest Hair tribe will be bring beads, flowers, freedom and happiness to the Long Center March 4.
Our interns are ready for it, are you?!
Don’t miss out on your only chance to see Hair! March 4 at the Long Center.