Hair

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HAIR puts rock music and the culture that went with it on stage. The show has a strong effect on everyone and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints. What looks like incredible chaos is actually organized chaos. Phenomenal musical numbers include Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life, What a Piece of Work Is Man and Hippie Life. This show has a vitality, a timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960′s and early 1970′s in America.

*Music samples provided courtesy of Ghostlight Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Cast List
  • Brief History
  • Upcoming
  •  ”…be free, no guilt, be whoever you are, do whatever you want, just as long as you don’t hurt anyone.” This Utopian philosophy incorporates many concepts which supply lyrics for a show comprised almost exclusively of rock musical numbers.
    In the age of Aquarius, a time of harmony and understanding, sex-Sodomy and drugs-Hashish are used as vehicles to evade reality and the establishment. Skin colors are insignificant-Colored Spade and I’m Black. Imagination-Manchester, England lends beauty to a dreary existence-Dead End. The spirit of communal living finds its expressions in yearnings-Ain’t Got No, affection-I Believe in Love, common needs-Ain’t Got No Grass, awareness-Air and a desire to partake-I Got Life.
    George Berger sets the mood in a song about his recent banishment from high school-Goin’ Down. He mocks the educational hierarchy, and is obviously delighted to be dismissed. Berger feels persecuted by society as he learns of the draft notice received by his friend, Claude. Claude, whose only valuable possession, other than his freedom, is his Hair, tells of its joys. “Give me a head of hair, long beautiful hair, shining, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen…let it fly in the breeze…I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy, snaggy, shaggy…”
    Sheila, a protester from NYU who lives with Berger and Claude, aspires to spread love. In an effort to please, Sheila buys Berger a yellow satin shirt which he spurns. She feels rejected-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 burn their draft cards, exhibiting devotion to peace - Be-In “Hara Krishna“. Claude puts his card into the fire, changes his mind and removes it. He has ambivalent feelings about escaping the draft-Where Do I Go.
    Following a group ritual, Claude arrives dressed as a gorilla. He fantasizes ways to avoid being inducted. The kids recognize there is no escape and to ease the immediate tensions, Berger passes ‘joints’ to all.
    During a drug induced hallucination-Walking in Space, Claude visualizes George Washington retreating, Indians shooting white men, famous American characters being attacked by African Witch Doctors, Abraham Lincoln patronizing toward the slaves, followed by mass murders. After the violence, Claude sees his Mom, Dad and a Sergeant beaming with pride due to 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 of the group, observing this scene of destruction, express their feelings about mankind in What a Piece of Work Is Man.
    Claude realizes that once he is inducted into the Army, he will not be able to enjoy all of life’s simple pleasures-Good Morning Starshine and The Bed. He sees life in the streets offers no more fulfillment than life in the establishment. The stripping away of his freedom leaves him a feeling of doom-Ain’t Got No (Reprise). Later, Claude dressed in a military uniform, enters the sanctum of the kids, but they are unable to see him-Eyes, Look Your Last. Ultimately, Claude lies in his uniform on a black cloth in center stage-The Flesh Failures (Let the Sun Shine In). The show ends on an upbeat note, sustaining its joyous mood with the full company in Hippie Life.
    As a social commentary of our times, HAIR provides an insight into the philosophy of the flower children of the 1960′s. As the first and most successful of the rock musicals, HAIR provides a new element in musical theatre entertainment.

  • Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado
    Music by Galt MacDermot
    Produced for the Broadway Stage by Michael Butler
    Originally Produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre

  • 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, 1 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 Broadway after 144 Off-Broadway performances at Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre, it played for 1,750 performances on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre 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
    Greater Lewisville Community Theatre LEWISVILLE, TX 10/10/2014 11/02/2014
    Villager's Theatre, Inc. SOMERSET, NJ 11/07/2014 11/23/2014
    Empty Space Productions BAKERSFIELD, CA 11/07/2014 11/29/2014
    Atlantic Stage CONWAY, SC 11/13/2014 11/20/2014
    Desert Stages Theatre SCOTTSDALE, AZ 11/14/2014 12/21/2014
    Hooligan Theatre Company LOS ANGELES, CA 11/21/2014 11/22/2014
    Amelia Musical Playhouse FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 01/08/2015 01/17/2015
    Dominion Stage ARLINGTON, VA 01/16/2015 01/31/2015
    Auteursbureau ALMO BVBA ANTWERP 01/29/2015 01/31/2015
    Grant High School PORTLAND, OR 02/19/2015 02/28/2015
    Princeton University - Players PRINCETON, NJ 02/19/2015 02/28/2015
    Clocktower Players, Inc. IRVINGTON, NY 03/21/2015 03/29/2015
    Western Michigan University KALAMAZOO, MI 04/09/2015 04/19/2015
    State University of New York at Fredonia FREDONIA, NY 04/10/2015 04/18/2015
    Michigan State University EAST LANSING, MI 04/17/2015 04/26/2015
    Lake City Playhouse COEUR D'ALENE, ID 04/17/2015 04/18/2015
    Lyndon State College LYNDONVILLE, VT 04/23/2015 04/26/2015
    Winnetka Theatre WINNETKA, IL 04/24/2015 05/09/2015
    Whitman College WALLA WALLA, WA 05/07/2015 05/23/2015
    St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI 05/29/2015 06/13/2015
    Cardinal Music Productions WINDSOR, ON 09/17/2015 10/04/2015