Posts Tagged ‘Broadway Musical’

‘Hair’ Tribal Rock Musical Debuts for Chattanooga Theatre Centre

June 11, 2012

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:

Broadway Musical[Title of Show] opens at UTC’s Studio Theater in the Fine Arts Center

September 7, 2010

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Obie award winning musical, [title of show] debuts in Chattanooga under the direction of Blake Harris, Senior theater student of UTC Department of Theatre and Speech.

[title of show] is in current production in theaters from Las Vegas to Australia, according to the musical’s official website.

The Signature Theater wrote about this new creative work:

[title of show] is a witty new musical written by two struggling writers about two struggling writers writing a witty new musical.

Originally presented at the 2004 New York Musical Theatre Festival, it is a musical about some wacky friends putting together a show to be presented at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Faced with the festival’s submission deadline, Jeff and Hunter can’t decide what to write about.  With friends Susan and Heidi (and Larry on the piano), they come up with a solution – write about what to write about.

Are you dizzy yet?

[title of show] is a love letter to musical theater – a zany can’t-miss for those who know Broadway… or want to know Broadway… or just want to get a glimpse into the creative process of putting together a show for Broadway!

Here are the details from the press release for [title of show]:

Sept. 10, 11, 12
UTC Drama. The season opens with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell. Directed by UTC student Blake Harris. Sept. 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 12, at 2:30 p.m. Presented in the Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre on the Studio Stage. Tickets for all performances cost $10 for students with ID, and $12 for the general public and are available at the UTC Fine Arts Center Box Office. Call 425-4269 for reservations. Fine Arts Center is located on the corner of Palmetto and Vine Streets in Chattanooga. Free parking is available in the university lots nearby.

Blake Harris also directs for Leap of Faith Productions in Chattanooga.     He last directed “110 in the Shade” over the summer.    He reports that “Leap of Faith” productions is unique in that they cast everyone who auditions for each of their two productions per year.    The goal is to include everyone in the experience.    Read the TFP press release for “110 in the Shade” here.

Listen to the Story with Director, Blake Harris: