Rock musical 'Hair' coming to Tri-Cities April 22

By Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldApril 17, 2014 

Hair

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Hair rocked the boat on Broadway in 1968. It wasn't just because of its controversial theme and nudity, but also it was the first rock musical performed on stage.

The legendary production comes to the Tri-Cities on April 22 in the Windermere Theatre at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

Though the show broke new ground in musical theater, there won't be any nudity in the Tri-City production, said Ashley Ryan, publicist for the show.

Hair follows a group of hippies who lead a bohemian, counterculture lifestyle in the East Village of New York City, not unlike the flower children from Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco.

They question authority and just about everything else in polite society, and advocate peace and love, staunchly opposing the Vietnam War.

The musical also addresses the profanity, illegal drugs and sexuality of the era, as well as irreverence toward the American flag.

But Ryan said the new national tour brings a more positive message of love and peace to audiences.

"The universal themes of individuality, experimentation and acceptance in the face of oppression are just as resonant today," she said.

Hair stirred up controversy when it debuted off-Broadway in the '60s, but that didn't stop its success because it moved to Broadway a year later and London soon after.

The music and lyrics are by James Rado, Gerome Ragni and Galt MacDermot. The writers blended an astrological theme into some of the songs, tying it in with the Age of Aquarius. The best known tunes are Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine and I believe in Love.

The show still contains adult content and has strong language and skimpy clothing, said Jude Strode with the Toyota Center.

"It's not recommended for ages 13 and younger," she added.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $67 plus service charges and available at www.ticketmaster.com or the Toyota Center box office. Tickets purchased at the box office avoid service charges.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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