HAIR – The Musical
The cast of Hair is lead by Rowan Cloete and Jan Ellis. Other stage favorites include Earl Gregory, Niall Griffin, Ruth Brown, Catherine Daymond, Brenda Mukwevho, Zac Hendricks, Steven van Niekerk, Matt Counihan, MK Mabija, Ivan Gianni, Bruce Little, Megan Carelse, Tshepiso Mashego, Elizca Coetzer, Riaan Norval, Beryl Makhaya, Dominique Paccaut, Dean Roberts, Sue Swan, and Gillian Bhudal.
At a time when Broadway was presenting musical hits that included Hello Dolly, Sweet Charity and A little Night Music, two out-of-work actors, James Rado and Gerome Ragni, were creating something completely different… something for and about the newly-politicised youth who were becoming disillusioned about a government that was fighting a war they didn’t want…
That something was the revolutionary musical Hair, which became the defining point of a generation. Hair came directly from Greenwich Village, a couple of blocks away from the real hippies changing the world down in Washington Square, and blazed every aspect of this counterculture across the stage in vivid afro, tie-dye, beaded, long-haired, psychedelic colour! “We wanted to create something new, something different, and something that translated to the stage the wonderful excitement we felt in the streets” commented Rado.
And Hair didn’t stop there – in 1970 and 1975 it challenged the American Constitution to uphold the First Amendment Right of Freedom of Speech, and also became the iconic antiwar musical, unfortunately as relevant today as it was in the Flower Power ‘60s at the height of the Vietnam conflict. Forty years have not diminished Hair’s message or it’s lyrical beauty. Everyone knows the songs from the musical that became a clarion call world-wide through the release of the 1979 film directed by Milos Forman, starring John Savage, Treat Williams and Beverly D’Angelo.
From the soaring orchestration of the seminal song “Aquarius” that opens the musical, to the final denouncement of war in “The Flesh Failures/ Let The Sunshine In” and all the brilliant folk-rock anthems in-between, – “Donna”, “Manchester England”, “I’m Black”, “Good Morning Starshine”, “Ain’t Got No”, “I Believe In Love”, “I Got Life”, “What A Piece of Work Is Man”, “My Conviction” and “Hare Krishna” – Hair will sweep you along, march you ‘round, and set you down, dazed and absolutely amazed!
The show runs from Friday, 9th of March until Sunday, 20th of May.
From the soaring orchestration of the seminal song ‘Aquarius’ that opens the musical, to the final ‘Let The Sunshine In’ Hair will sweep you along, march you ‘round, and set you down, dazed and absolutely amazed!