Running since March 2009 Forty-one years after the revolutionary original production, the 'tribal love-rock musical' has returned to Broadway, and audiences (and critics) are dancing in the aisles. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Closes June 27th.
The Broadway production of Hair at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre closed June 27, 2010. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
A plot summary (courtesy of the production): "Hair" depicts the the birth of a cultural movement in the 60's and 70's that changed America forever....following a group of hopeful, free-spirited young people who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War.
To its credit, the material still packs a punch, both as social commentary and challenging theater. And with a big, talented, high-energy cast (mostly holdovers from the Public Theater's highly-acclaimed 2008 production in Central Park) and a score that includes "Let the Sunshine In," "Aquarius," and "Good Morning Starshine," a few goose bump moments are almost a certainty.
Is this a show for you? Well, if you are even a bit prudish (less well-known musical numbers include "Sodomy" and "Hashish"), or if you have an aversion to in-your-face audience participation (and in this production, lord only knows what might be in your face), the answer is a probably no. If, on the other hand, you've always wanted to experience the thrill of singing and dancing on a Broadway stage (and you think you might be able to claw your way to the front for the curtain-call lovefest), the answer may be yes.
The official word on suitability: The production contains scenes that briefly depict profanity, nudity, simulated sex acts and simulated drug use. Accordingly, it may not be appropriate for young theatergoers under the age of 12. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Here's a video of the cast's appearance on the Letterman show:
"Hair" was then and is now the most exciting new show in town, not so much a breath of spring air as a jolt of adrenaline. "Hair," for all its references to hippies, Vietnam, free love and the revolution, feels utterly of the moment in its exuberance, its power to involve and, in Diane Paulus's entrancing production, to move us.
Director Diane Paulus has done an extraordinary job in illuminating two conflicting ideas - the clash of spontaneity and the search for identity - ideas that pulse through much of the evening. Paulus, along with choreographer Karole Armitage, are superb guiding spirits, galvanizing an energetic, appealing cast that has gotten better and better since the Public Theater's outdoor production last year. At age 40-something, "Hair" is the liveliest show in town.
New York Daily News
Diane Paulis's exuberant staging lets it all hang out and Karole Armitage's choreography is colorfully kinetic. As an anti-establishment revue this creation of Gerome Ragni and James Rado and Galt MacDermott has been declawed by time and cultural tides. But as a smile-inducing celebration of life and freedom it's highly communicable.
New York Post
Everything aligned perfectly when Diane Paulus resurrected the 1967 epoch-making show in Central Park last summer. Transferring that spell to the crowded confines of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre was risky, but "Hair" has emerged triumphant. The context of "Hair" would mean little if the young and wholesomely hot cast didn't also bring to glorious life the show's avalanche of stick-in-your-head tunes. "Hair" is a musical for the ages because it's a musical for the now.
New York Times
Having moved indoors to Broadway from the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, the young cast members of Diane Paulus's thrilling revival of "Hair" show no signs of becoming domesticated. On the contrary, they're tearing down the house. This emotionally rich revival delivers what Broadway otherwise hasn't felt this season: the intense, unadulterated joy and anguish of that bi-polar state called youth.
The new Public Theater revival not only avoids potential obstacles but finds a resonance in "Hair" beyond any parallels between the turbulent '60s and our own troubled times. What director Diane Paulus and her flawless cast have achieved is a testament to the indomitability and transience of youth, with all the blissful exuberance and aching poignance that entails.
Director Diane Paulus and her prodigiously talented cast connect with the material in ways that cut right to the 1967 rock musical's heart, generating tremendous energy that radiates to the rafters. If this explosive production doesn't stir something in you, it may be time to check your pulse.
July 2, 2010
Show was cancelled - expecting a refund
June 20, 2010
Very entertaining and enjoyable. Young and enthusiastic cast. A revival of a known and loved musical. True to the original. Audience is invited to dance with cast on-stage at conclusion. Video then posted on website...Very cool.
May 19, 2010
My wife and I were not allowed to see the original as our parents banned us from going. It was well worth the wait. We took two of our adult children and all they could do was gape and smile in awe.