Burns & Murray on Hair, The Tribal Rock Musical at Cohoes Music Hall [Berkshire on Stage]

May 8th, 2012, 11:00 am by Sara
The Company of Hair. Photos by Theresa Thibodeau.

The Company of Hair. (photos by Theresa Thibodeau)

Larry Murray: Gail, you did it again with your crazy fashion choices, I am trying to hide from the groupies, and you decide to go all hippie on me. That tie-dye top with the bell bottoms and purple Birkenstocks was so outré, you had the cast members traipsing over to see the outfit even before the show began.

Gail Burns: I gotta be me, Larry! Isn’t that what 1960′s fashion was all about? But it was alarming to be the ONLY person, other than the cast, in tie-dye…

Larry: Well perhaps I’ll buy a camouflage hoodie and sunglasses to don when you play dress up for the theatre. I don’t want people to think I had anything to do with it. Hell, even a fellow critic passed us by without saying hi, I think he was aghast. I am afraid of what you might choose to wear for Amadeus, you don’t have any powdered wigs at home, do you?

Gail: No wigs in my closet, but there were plenty of great ones, and one or two clunkers, on stage at Cohoes. My son joked that you should really cast “Hair” a year in advance so everyone has time to grow the required locks before opening night. Comparing the cast’s head-shots online with what we saw on stage proved how times have changed.

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Cohoes Music Hall (NY) Brings Back “Hair” the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical May 3-20 [Berkshire on Stage]

May 3rd, 2012, 10:00 am by Sara
Hair @ Cohoes Music Hall

Hair has become known as the “American tribal love-rock musical.” It grew out of Woodstock, the counter-culture and commercial theatre’s efforts to stay relevant. It was the first show to bring a full rock score to Broadway. Its theme: “Let the Sun Shine In!” With its brief nudity, street language, and message of peace and love in the midst of war and generational strife, this revolutionary musical remains as much fun, and for some just as challenging as it was 45 years ago when it first hit Broadway. Interestingly, none of the young cast members were even alive then! In the end, everyone will find this a joyful, yet touching evening of music, dance and celebration.

About Hair

Hair tells the story of the “tribe”, a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. Claude, his good friend Berger, their roommate Sheila and their friends struggle to balance their young lives, loves and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. Ultimately, Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or to succumb to the pressures of his parents (and conservative America) to serve in Vietnam, compromising his pacifistic principles and risking his life.

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LIVE: “Hair” @ Proctors, 5/3/11

May 4th, 2011, 3:30 pm by Greg

Hair @ Proctors Theater

Remember the days when Broadway musicals spawned pop hits instead of the other way around?

Back in 1967, “Hair” was one of the first “rock musicals,” but it was also one of the last Broadway musicals to send a handful of its songs up the pop charts. The Fifth Dimension tackled a medley of “Aquarius” and “Let the Sun Shine In,” and turned it into a No. 1 smash hit and Grammy Award-winning Record of the Year. The Cowsills’ somewhat abridged rendition of the musical’s title song shot up to No. 2 on the pop charts in 1969. And that same year, the mono-monikered Oliver landed a No. 3 hit with “Good Morning Starshine,” while Three Dog Night scored their big breakthrough No. 4 hit with the ballad “Easy to Be Hard.”

And it’s a damn good thing that there are a batch of hit songs in “Hair” because the current touring production – which opened its six-day run at Proctors in Schenectady on Tuesday night – has virtually no plot or storyline at all. It’s basically just one song after another – a concert production with a few lines of dialogue thrown in here and there just to give the singer-dancers a moment to catch their collective breath.

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