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