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Hair - The Musical
Enjoy The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical in London at the Gielgud Theatre.
Hair - The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Running from 1st April 2010 until 8th January 2011 at the Gielgud Theatre, this is one musical that you should not miss! Set in New York during the height of the Vietnam War, this semi-autobiographical rock musical was written in late 1964 by two actors - James Rado and Gerome Ragni with music by Galt MacDermot.
This rock musical is well-known for breaking new ground in musical theatre by using a cast made up of different races, defining the genre of rock-musical and for inviting the audience onstage for the finale. At the time of its release, Hair caused much comment and controversy for the profanity of its music, the depiction of the use of illegal drugs and its nude scene.
The Hair musical tells the story of a group of politically active "tribe" of long haired hippies fighting against being conscripted into serving in the Vietnam War. The "tribe" describe themselves as being in the Age of Aquarius and live a bohemian lifestyle in New York City. The main characters are Claude, Berger and their roommate Sheila, who along with their friends are trying to balance their young lives with their struggle against the war, the sexual revolution, and their conservative parents and society.
Inspiration and History of Hair
Hair - The Musical was conceived by the two actors Rado and Ragni when they performed together in "Hang Down your Head and Die". Hair was semi-autobiographical and the writers based the two main characters on themselves, showing their close relationship and volatility in Hair. Rado said that the inspiration for Hair was:
"a combination of some characters we met in the streets, people we knew and our own imaginations. We knew this group of kids in the East Village who were dropping out and dodging the draft, and there were also lots of articles in the press about how kids were being kicked out of school for growing their hair long ... There was so much excitement in the streets and the parks and the hippie areas, and we thought if we could transmit this excitement to the stage it would be wonderful ... We hung out with them and went to their Be-Ins and let our hair grow."
Rado also said that some of the actors of the original Hair production were recruited right of the street. He also said:
"It was very important historically, and if we hadn't written it, there'd not be any examples. You could read about it and see film clips, but you'd never experience it. We thought, 'This is happening in the streets,' and we wanted to bring it to the stage"
For more information visit www.hairthemusical.co.uk
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