Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is a pioneering rock musical featuring the music of the late 1960’s. The book and lyrics are by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and the score by Galt MacDermot. The piece epitomises the new sexual freedoms and counterculture of the hippie ‘flower power’ movement. Various songs from the production went on to become anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement.
It is considered a ground breaking musical theatre piece due to its controversial use of illicit drugs, liberated sexuality, and its general irreverence for the American flag. It also proved subversive by including a racially integrated cast.
The story is based in New York’s Greenwich Village during the Vietnam war, and tells the tale of a group of peace-loving, hippie children promoting love over war. They live a bohemian life and fight against conscription. The musical follows their young loves and sexualities and simultaneously their rebellion against conservative society. The ultimate climax sees Claude deciding whether to rebel against the draft with his friends or crumble under the pressure of his parents and join the Vietnam war effort.
‘The time is 1968 and Vietnam is sucking the life force from America’s young men, to the tune of 3500 body bags per week, all parallels that can be aligned to current world conflicts. The flower children sing a new song, heralded by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Timothy Leary and Andy Warhol, a song of freedom for the body and mind, beads, flowers, freedom and happiness.’
20 Feb 2018 – 24 Feb 2018
The Old Market – 11a Upper Market Street, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1AS
Suitable for ages 16yrs+
Tue 20 -Thu 22, 8pm & Sat 24, 5pm: £15.00 (£13.50 conc.)
Fri 23, 8pm & Sat 24, 8.30pm: £18.50 (£17 conc.)
Various show times – See website for details
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