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HAIR: WELCOMING THE NEW CAST

By Scott Morgan
Thursday, 3/11/2010 9:01 PM
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BY SCOTT MORGAN

Heading home to the East Village after last night’s Broadway performance of “Hair,” I sat with a daisy in the buttonhole of my black leather jacket, humming “Aquarius”—and feeling completely electrified.

I have problems with plays, especially shows that depict certain eras, but don’t really touch on the significance of that time. This production of Hair is enveloping from the opening number (“Aquarius,” of course) to the sky-high afros and flowing hair. The soulful singing and rhythmic guitar took me back to a time of such discontent, but also one of growth, human strength and good old-fashioned “flower power.” The whole audience felt the depth of the vocals, the actors’ intensity and the unity of the brand-new cast.

Along with the lighting, the staging and the music, Hair touches on the issues of war and dissention of the youth that feel clear and relevant today. The story reflects ... Read More


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