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Saturday, August 11, 2007

International Entertainment News

"HAIR” EMPHASIZES PEACE AT THE SUMMER OF LOVE 40th ANNIVERSARY GOLDEN GATE PARK

INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, Hollywood, California

Just added to the line up of San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom's officially proclaimed celebration of The Summer of Love 40th Anniversary, in Golden Gate Park on Sunday September 2nd 2007, the 60’s musical HAIR to add vitality to the anti-war movement of the 21st century


Various National and International cast members from the musical HAIR will re-unite to celebrate the beginnings of the musical, as a build up to next years 40th Anniversary of the Musicals opening on Broadway in 1968, with a re-enactment of “Flesh Failures”, to emphasize the consequences of wars to gain Peace. It is hoped that Jim Rado, the musical’s author will play Claude.
Productions of Hair are currently being produced on Campus’ around the Globe which indicates that youth in the 21st Century echo the anti-war stance that Hair delivered in the Vietnam Era. “In the history of musical theater, no other production has made such a strong point, that if individuality is nurtured, peace and love will be the result”, says Paul Korda who played Paul in the Original London Cast, who is also appearing.
Hair Production information is being directed by Barbara Moore.
email: Hairreunion2007@aol.com Phone (925) 818-7637 c, (707) 935-1972 h
The Hair segment to be directed by Walter Michael Harris
Photograph courtesy of the Hair Archives

Hair (musical)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hair_(musical)

Hair, subtitled The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, is a rock musical

Hair, subtitled The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, is a rock musical written during the anti-war sentiment and youth-sexual revolution of the 1960s. With a book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and music by Galt MacDermot, the musical was a product of the peace-love-hippy counter-culture of the times. Several of MacDermot's tunes from Hair became anthems of the peace movement. At the time, the musical's depiction of the use of illegal drugs, sexuality, profanity, its irreverence for the American flag, and its nude scene caused much comment and controversy.[1The musical broke new ground in musical theatre by defining the genre of the "rock musical," utilizing a racially-integrated cast, and by inviting the audience onstage for a "Be-in" finale.[2]

Debuting off-Broadway, the production opened on Broadway in April 1968 and ran for 1,873 performances, followed by a successful London production that ran for 1,998 performances. Numerous productions have been staged around the world since then. Several of the songs from its score became Top 40 hits, and a successful movie version was released in 1979.

Songs

The score had many more songs than were typical of Broadway shows. Most Broadway shows of the time had about six to ten songs per act; Hair's total is in the thirties.

Some of the most recognizable songs from Hair are

Aquarius (This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius)

Easy to be Hard ( How can people be so heartless)

Good Morning Starshine (Good Morning Starshine the earth says hello)

The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)

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Act I
  • Aquarius
  • Donna
  • Hashish
  • Sodomy
  • Colored Spade
  • Manchester England
  • Manhattan (*)
  • I'm Black
  • Ain't Got No
  • I Believe in Love
  • Ain't Got No Grass
  • Dead End (cut during run and re-added)
  • Air
  • Initials (L.B.J)
  • I Got Life
  • Going Down
  • Hair
  • My Conviction
  • Easy to Be Hard
  • Don't Put It Down
  • Frank Mills
  • Be-In (Hare Krishna)
  • Where Do I Go?
Act II
  • Electric Blues
  • Oh Great God of Power
  • Manchester England (Reprise)
  • Black Boys
  • White Boys
  • Walking in Space
  • Yes, I's Finished ‡
  • Abie Baby
  • Three-Five-Zero-Zero
  • What a Piece of Work Is Man
  • Good Morning, Starshine
  • The Bed
  • The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)
  • Hippie Life †
  • Exanaplanetooch*
  • Climax*
  • Sentimental Ending*

*Dropped from the Broadway show.
†Added to 1995 revival
‡Added to 1993 London Production


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