The American tribal love-rock musical HAIR celebrates the sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory. To an infectiously energetic rock beat, the show wows audiences with songs like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” “Hair,” “I Got Life,” and “Let The Sun Shine.” Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace, HAIR remains relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.
May 5 & 6 at Theatre Tallahassee at 7:00pm both nights – Click here to see the Facebook Event
Please prepare around 16 bars of a song and bring sheet music for the accompanist.
About the Show
” ….. be free, no guilt, be whatever you are, do whatever you want, just as long as you don’t hurt anyone”. This Utopian philosophy incorporates many concepts which supply lyrics for a show comprised almost exclusively of rock musical numbers.
In the age of Aquarius, a time of harmony and understanding, sex and drugs are used as vehicles to evade reality and the establishments. George Berger sets the mood in a song about his recent banishment from high school . He learns of the draft notice received by his friend, Claude. Claude, whose only valuable possession, other than his freedom, is his Hair, tells of its joys, “Give me a head of hair, long beautiful hair, shining, streaming, flaxen, waxen … let it fly in the breeze … I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy, snaggy shaggy ….”
Sheila, a protester from NYU who lives with Berger and Claude, aspires to spread love.
The boys burn their draft cards, exhibiting devotion to peace. Claude puts his card into the fire, changes his mind and removes it. He has ambivalent feelings about escaping the draft. The kids recognize there is no escape and to ease the immediate tension, Berger passes “joints” to all.
Claude realizes that once he is inducted into the Army, he will not be able to enjoy all of life’s simple pleasures. He sees life in the streets offers no more fulfillment than life in the establishment. The stripping away of his feeling leaves him a feeling of doom. Dressed in a military uniform Claude enters the sanctum of the kids, but they are unable to see him.
As a social commentary of our times, Hair provides an insight into the Flower Children of the ’60s. As the first and most successful of the rock musicals, Hairrepresents a new element in musical theatre entertainment.
Directed by Jimmy Kontos
Music Directon by Manny Vidales
Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado
Music by Galt MacDermot
Produced for the Broadway stage by Michael Butler
Originally Produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre
is presented by arrangement with
Tams-Witmark, A Concord Theatricals Company
Performances: July 12 – 21, 2019
(5 female; 7 male)
Other Members of the Tribe
… who play the following characters in the course of the show:
3 Moms, 3 Dads, 3 High School Principals, 2 Policemen,
Electric Blues Quartet (Oldsters),
White Girls Trio,
Black Boys Trio,
“The Supremes” Trio,
Army Sergeant, Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Calvin Coolidge, Clark Gable,
Scarlett O’Hara, Aretha Franklin, Colonel Custer, Shoeshine Boy,
3 Buddhist Monks, 1 Thousand-Year-Old Monk, 3 Catholic Nuns,
3 Astronauts, 3 Chinese, 3 Guerillas, 1 Native American Indian