Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hair To Open On Broadway This Month

HAIR...Long beautiful hair! I keep hearing things like the only people who will be able to identify with this show will be Hippies from the 60's and 70's. Although I was born in the 60's, and might have wanted to be a hippie it just was a bit before my time. However, as a teenager in the late 70's and involved in musical theatre I fell in love with the movie. So much so that friends and I would hang out on the weekends watching the movie...and I don't just mean once or twice. Now other than being in love with the whole rebel against society idea that most teens (yesterday and today) identify with, the closest I could identify with the war issues in 1979 was that I was required to register with the Draft. Believe it or not I was not really sure what that meant, but it still scared me. Regardless, I fell in love with the movie.

So, last year when it opened in the park I was excited at the prospect of seeing a live production of one of my favorite movie musicals. Guess what? I got lucky enough to see it on opening night in Central Park. I wasn't sure what to expect as I know the stage show and movie are a bit different. But let me say that when the show started and the opening number of Aquarius began, I had chills. The evening was amazing and ended with the most thrilling part of all. When they began to sing Let The Sunshine In the heavens opened up and began to pour. Now at first I thought this was part of the show and said "cool". I then realized that it was pouring on the entire audience as well. The audience was invited to join the cast dancing on stage, as the rain soaked all of the dancing, women, black, white, young and old I realized that this is really what the show is about and why it has so much appeal. It is about the liberation of people...people loving other people. Now, I know that the show will not be quite the same as it has moved inside the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. But I am sure the feeling and the sentiment will remain and I can't wait to see it and to feel that all over again!

H.Todd Freeman
Applause Theatre & Entertainment Service
311 West 43rd Street
Suite 601
New York NY 10036

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