Tribal Love Rock Musical HAIR
Coming to Salamanca
The Cattaraugus County Living Arts Association is excited to announce its production of the tribal love- rock musical, HAIR. Performances will be Feb. 24 and 25 at 7 p.m., Feb. 26 at 2 p.m., and March 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. at the Ray Evans Seneca Theater, located at 10 Main Street in Salamanca. Tickets are $15, available at the door or at www.showclix.com.
Director Todd Wagner notes that this production will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the musical. “In 1967, this musical captured the essence of the cultural and political movement that became known as the hippies. HAIR is to the 60s what RENT is to the 90s,” Wagner stated. “And, we’ll work to make this a genuine and realistic production like we did when we did RENT a few years ago.”
The musical centers around “The Tribe,” a group of East Side youth in New York City who band together to not only face the normal challenges of growing up, but also to question authority, the war in Vietnam, and pretty much everything the older generation stands for. They explore new ways of looking at the world and how to change it, new ways of relating to each other and new ways of living. Playful in their childhood innocence, they eventually find that the events of the day— war, conscription and discrimination— can impact them deeply, stripping them of their innocence, but not stripping them of their yearning for peace, love, justice, freedom and happiness.
The story is told through song vignettes with very little dialogue in between. Some of the iconic songs from the 33 pieces of music in the show include “Aquarius,” “Easy to Be Hard,” “Let the Sunshine In,” and of course, the title track “Hair.”
Wagner added, “I think the audience will leave feeling like they did actually spend a few hours back in the 60s, with not only the music running through their heads, but also with the ideas and ideals of the Tribe helping them see the relevance of this musical to the present day.”
HAIR opened off-Broadway in 1967 and then on Broadway in 1968 and ran for 1,750 performances. Gerome Ragni and James Rado wrote the lyrics and book, and also originally performed as the leads. Galt MacDermot composed the music.
HAIR was nominated for Best Musical at the 1969 Tony Awards, and also won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical in 2009. It is being produced at the Seneca Theater under license from Tams-Witmark. It should be mentioned that because the show seeks to authentically describe the 1960s, there are drug references, as well as adult language and themes, and so this musical is recommended for mature audiences.