‘Hair’ Tribal Rock Musical Debuts for Chattanooga Theatre Centre

CTC opens Hair on the Circle stage on June 15th, 2012.    The following is from the press release:

Book and Lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni. Music by Galt MacDermot
Meet The Tribe, a group of politically active hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting the draft in the rock-musical, Hair. The show grew out of the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, and the musical’s profanity, its sexuality, and its irreverence caused controversy when it debuted off-Broadway in 1967. After moving to Broadway the following year, it ran for 1,750 performances and its songs became anthems of the peace movement. A Broadway revival opened in 2009, earning strong reviews and winning the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for best revival of a musical. Age has not lessened the powerful impact of this four-decades-old musical, as Time magazine reports: “Today Hair seems, if anything, more daring than ever.”

Hair, the theatrical love-in is one of a kind.   The play came out of the Greenwich Village theater scene in the late 60’s and rose quickly to the Broadway stage with its experimental art forms and rock songs that became top 40 hits.    Hair was banned from debuting in Chattanooga in the early 1970’s for what Memorial Auditorium board members believed were obscene acts within the play.   The musical had been banned by other cities, including Boston.    Lawsuits were filed in both cities and both worked their way to the Supreme Court.   It was ruled in the Chattanooga case that that the Auditorium Board had shown unlawful prior restraint.   To read more about the case, click here.

45 years later, this tribal rock musical is more popular than ever.    CTC’s Artistic Director Scott Dunlap calls ‘Hair’ a, “Perfect little time capsule,” of the late 1960’s with it’s many and varied references from the perspective of the Hippie culture rising out of the ashes of the Vietnam War.    This musical revival may be a kind of euphoric lament in 2012, having found no utopic,”Age of Aquarius,” to speak of.

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Listen to the interview with CTC’s Artistic Director Scott Dunlap and Musical Director Andrew Chauncey about Hair:

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