Hair

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HAIR celebrates the sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory. To an infectiously energetic rock beat, the show wows audiences with songs like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” “Hair,” “I Got Life,” and “Let The Sun Shine.” Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace, HAIR remains relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

Music samples provided courtesy of Ghostlight Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Photo by Judith Licht, courtesy of Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington DC

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
  • Upcoming
  • In the age of “Aquarius,” a time of harmony and understanding, a tribe of hippies gathers onstage. George Berger, the tribe’s most expressive member, addresses the audience directly and explains that he seeks his ideal woman (“Donna”). Members of the tribe mock racism  (“Colored Spade”) and celebrate diversity (“I’m Black”).

    Claude, the moral center of the group, explains his dream of living in “Manchester, England” while others lament – or brag about – their lack of privilege and possessions (“Ain’t Got No”). Shelia Franklin, an NYU student and antiwar protestor, declares “I Believe in Love,” and Jeanie, an idealistic, pregnant environmentalist, satirizes the world’s deteriorating “Air.”

    Berger recounts his recent banishment from high school in “Goin’ Down.” Claude reveals that he has been drafted, but he and Berger choose to reject their draft notices, and instead celebrate their “Hair.” (“Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair, shining, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen…”)

    Sheila gives Berger a new yellow shirt, but he cruelly spurns her gift. She reminds him that he’s quick to feel empathy for the masses, but he comes up short in personal relationships (“Easy to Be Hard”).

    As the flower children are leaving to attend a Be-In, one girl, Crissy, alone in her thoughts, sings of a boy she once met and of her longings to meet him again (“Frank Mills”). At the “Be-In,” the boys all burn their draft cards in an anti-war demonstration. Claude begins to toss his card to the fire, but changes his mind and removes it, wondering how he fits in to this changing world (“Where Do I Go?”).

    During a drug-induced hallucination (“Walking in Space”), Claude visualizes George Washington retreating, Indians shooting white men, famous American characters being attacked by African shamans, Abraham Lincoln patronizing American slaves, and stylized mass murders. After the violence, Claude sees his Mom, Dad and a Sergeant beaming with pride over his enrollment in the Army. They fade from view, replaced by the flower children who turn into horrible monsters and start killing one another; directing their aggressive actions towards Claude (“Three-Five-Zero-Zero”). Two tribe members, observing this scene of destruction, wonder “What a Piece of Work Is Man.”

    Claude realizes that once he’s inducted into the Army, he will miss all of life’s simple pleasures (“Good Morning, Starshine” and “The Bed”), and he exits with a feeling of doom “Ain’t Got No (Reprise).”

    Claude soon re-enters, stiffly dressed in a military uniform, but his friends are unable to see or hear him as he sings of his regrets (“The Flesh Failures”). Separated from his tribe and presumably killed in the war, Claude lies on his back, motionless. The tribe, seeking hope in the wake of loss, sings “Let the Sun Shine In.”

  • HAIR

    Book and Lyrics by          Music by

    Gerome Ragni & James Rado   Galt MacDermot

    Produced for the Broadway stage by Michael Butler

    Originally Produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre

     

    The foregoing credits shall be displayed immediately below the title in size no less than sixty percent (60%) of the height of the title (or largest billing) and equal in width, style, shape, color, boldness and prominence. No person other than star(s) above the title shall have a larger billing, and no one other than the director shall have equal billing. In the programs the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.

    The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

    HAIR
    is presented by arrangement with
    TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
    560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

  • Full Orchestration

    1 Baritone Saxophone (Flute, Piccolo & Clarinet)
    1 Trumpet I
    1 Trumpet II
    1 Trumpet III (optional)
    1 Trombone (optional)

    1 Bass (electric)
    1 Drums (trap drum set)
    1 Percussion:

    Bongo Drums
    Conga Drum
    Bell Tree
    Marimba
    Tambourine
    Wood Block
    Temple Blocks
    Cabasa
    Maracas
    Gong
    Siren
    Castanets
    Ratchet
    Slapstick
    Indian Drums (optional)
    Quica (Lion’s roar)
    or Claves
    or Bongos
    Tubose (Scraper)
    or Tambourine
    Tower Clock Chime (sfx)

    2 Guitars I & II

    I: acoustic & electric
    II: electric & bass

    1 Piano (Electric Piano or Synthesizer)
    Piano-Conductor’s score sent with rehearsal material.

    In place of an Overture the lead guitarist improvises “Outer Space Flying Saucer Pyramid” music, in the style of Jimi Hendrix. During this music, a stage ritual is performed which evolves directly into the opening musical number, “Aquarius.”

    (The Piano part includes music for Organ and Sitar)

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book
    5       Prompt Books for Principal Characters
    47     Dialogue Parts
    35     Chorus-Vocal Parts

  • Principals

    (5 female; 7 male)

    Berger
    Woof
    Hud
    Claude
    Jeanie
    Dionne
    Crissy
    Sheila
    Margaret Mead
    Hubert

    Other Members of the Tribe

    Ronny
    Leata
    Paul
    Walter
    Steve
    Hiram
    Suzannah
    Mary
    Emmaretta
    Diane
    Marjorie
    Linda
    Natalie

    … who play the following characters in the course of the show:

    3 Moms, 3 Dads, 3 High School Principals, 2 Policemen,
    Electric Blues Quartet (Oldsters),
    White Girls Trio,
    Black Boys Trio,
    “The Supremes” Trio,
    Army Sergeant, Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Calvin Coolidge, Clark Gable,
    Scarlett O’Hara, Aretha Franklin, Colonel Custer, Shoeshine Boy,
    3 Buddhist Monks, 1 Thousand-Year-Old Monk, 3 Catholic Nuns,
    3 Astronauts, 3 Chinese, 3 Guerillas, 1 Native American Indian
    and Others

    The original Broadway production had a cast of 23 performers, including chorus. Doubling was employed as indicated above.

  • When HAIR moved to the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway after 144 Off-Broadway performances at Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre, it played for 1,750 performances starring James Rado, Gerome Ragni, Lynn Kellogg, and Sally Eaton. It was revived on Broadway in 1977 at the Biltmore Theatre starring Randall Easterbrook, Michael Holt, Ellen Foley and Iris Rosenkrantz. In 2009, it returned to Broadway and played for 519 performances at the Al Hirshfeld Theatre starring Gavin Creel, Will Swenson, Caissie Levy and Megan Lawrence.

    Awards (1968)

    The Drama Desk Award for Music

    Awards (2009)

    The Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical
    The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical

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    Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance
    Hartwick College ONEONTA, NY 02/09/2017 02/12/2017
    Joliet Junior College JOLIET, IL 03/02/2017 03/05/2017
    Moorpark College MOORPARK, CA 03/02/2017 03/12/2017
    Cypress Bay High School WESTON, FL 03/08/2017 03/11/2017
    Oak Park High School OAK PARK, CA 03/16/2017 03/18/2017
    The Trustees of Columbia University NEW YORK, NY 03/29/2017 04/01/2017
    Stage North Theatre Company BRAINERD, MN 03/31/2017 04/08/2017
    Western Carolina University CULLOWHEE, NC 04/05/2017 04/09/2017
    Lehigh Valley Charter HS for Perf Arts BETHLEHEM, PA 04/26/2017 04/30/2017
    Ephrata Performing Arts Center EPHRATA, PA 04/27/2017 05/13/2017
    University of North Texas DENTON, TX 04/27/2017 04/30/2017
    Hendersonville Community Theatre HENDERSONVILLE, NC 04/28/2017 05/14/2017
    Players Guild of Leonia LEONIA, NJ 05/05/2017 05/21/2017
    Rauh Conservatory Theater Co. PITTSBURGH, PA 05/18/2017 05/21/2017
    Metropolis Performing Arts Centre ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL 05/18/2017 07/02/2017
    Theatre Company of Lafayette ERIE, CO 05/26/2017 06/24/2017
    Midtown Arts Center FORT COLLINS, CO 06/02/2017 08/26/2017
    Little Theatre of Jefferson City JEFFERSON CITY, MO 06/08/2017 06/10/2017
    Mountain Play Association SAN RAFAEL, CA 06/10/2017 06/17/2017
    Merrick Theatre & Center for the Arts MERRICK, NY 06/24/2017 07/16/2017
    Sherman Playhouse SHERMAN, CT 06/30/2017 07/30/2017
    Minnesota Folklore Theater, Inc. WALKER, MN 07/28/2017 08/06/2017