History Theatre / Hair

23rd Apr '18 7:16:16 AM gleekandiknowit
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The original rock musical, ''Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical'', debuted in 1967 and is very much an [[TheSixties artifact of its time]], particularly the bohemian, [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippie]], Free Love and anti-[[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam-War]] movements, but at the same time has found new relevance in subsequent revivals, including the Tony Award-winning 2009 Broadway revival. It was also very experimental for its time, involving nudity, audience participation and with some actors planted amongst the audience, not to mention scandalous for reasons which will be covered in the plot synopsis. The libretto (lyrics and dialogue) were written by its co-stars, James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and the music by Galt [=MacDermot=].

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The original rock musical, ''Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical'', debuted in 1967 and is very much an [[TheSixties artifact of its time]], particularly the bohemian, [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippie]], Free Love and anti-[[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam-War]] movements, but at the same time has found new relevance in subsequent revivals, including the Tony Award-winning 2009 Broadway revival.revival starring Gavin Creel and Will Swenson who both earned Tony nominations for their roles. It was also very experimental for its time, involving nudity, audience participation and with some actors planted amongst the audience, not to mention scandalous for reasons which will be covered in the plot synopsis. The libretto (lyrics and dialogue) were written by its co-stars, James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and the music by Galt [=MacDermot=].
23rd Apr '18 7:11:42 AM gleekandiknowit
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When the play resumes, there's a short skit where tribe members act out what Claude's draft interview must've been like. Berger then gives Claude a hallucinogen, and most of the act is dedicated to depicting, on-stage and with frightening accuracy, Claude's resulting MushroomSamba (we ''said'' it was experimental), which involves: a roll call of important historical figures; an Abraham Lincoln played by a black woman ("Shit, I ain't dyin for no white man!"); a slapstick comedy sequence in which some Buddhists get killed by some Catholic nuns, who get killed by some astronauts (with FrickinLaserBeams), who get killed by some Chinese, who get killed by some Native Americans, who get killed by some Green Berets, who all kill each other, and then everyone gets up and plays like children until it gets violent and they all kill each other ''again''. About this time Claude decides reality would be better and snaps out of it, having decided that he wants to be "a spirit invisible." That is what he becomes: the tribe holds an anti-war protest, but can't see Claude because he has succumbed to the draft. He is shielded from the audience's eyes while the closing number goes on, eventually revealed to be lying in state on the ground, at which point he is covered with a black cloth. The cast reprises the final number and [[DancePartyEnding invites the audience to come up on stage and dance with them]].

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When the play resumes, there's a short skit where tribe members act out what Claude's draft interview must've been like. Berger then gives Claude a hallucinogen, and most of the act is dedicated to depicting, on-stage and with frightening accuracy, Claude's resulting MushroomSamba (we ''said'' it was experimental), which involves: a roll call of important historical figures; an Abraham Lincoln played by a black woman ("Shit, I ain't dyin for no white man!"); a slapstick comedy sequence in which some Buddhists get killed by some Catholic nuns, who get killed by some astronauts (with FrickinLaserBeams), who get killed by some Chinese, who get killed by some Native Americans, who get killed by some Green Berets, who all kill each other, and then everyone gets up and plays like children until it gets violent and they all kill each other ''again''. About this time Claude decides reality would be better and snaps out of it, having decided that he wants to be "a spirit invisible." That is what he becomes: the tribe holds an anti-war protest, but can't see Claude because he has succumbed to the draft. He is shielded from the audience's eyes while the closing number goes on, eventually revealed to be lying in state dead on the ground, at which point he is covered with a black cloth. The cast reprises the final number and [[DancePartyEnding invites the audience to come up on stage and dance with them]].
23rd Apr '18 7:11:01 AM gleekandiknowit
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When the play resumes, there's a short skit where tribe members act out what Claude's draft interview must've been like. Berger then gives Claude a hallucinogen, and most of the act is dedicated to depicting, on-stage and with frightening accuracy, Claude's resulting MushroomSamba (we ''said'' it was experimental), which involves: a roll call of important historical figures; an Abraham Lincoln played by a black woman ("Shit, I ain't dyin for no white man!"); a slapstick comedy sequence in which some Buddhists get killed by some Catholic nuns, who get killed by some astronauts (with FrickinLaserBeams), who get killed by some Chinese, who get killed by some Native Americans, who get killed by some Green Berets, who all kill each other, and then everyone gets up and plays like children until the play gets violent and they all kill each other ''again''. About this time Claude decides reality would be better and snaps out of it, having decided that he wants to be "a spirit?invisible." That is what he becomes: the tribe holds an anti-war protest, but can't see Claude because he has succumbed to the draft. He is shielded from the audience's eyes while the closing number goes on, eventually revealed to be lying in state on the ground, at which point he is covered with a black cloth. The cast reprises the final number and [[DancePartyEnding invites the audience to come up on stage and dance with them]].

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When the play resumes, there's a short skit where tribe members act out what Claude's draft interview must've been like. Berger then gives Claude a hallucinogen, and most of the act is dedicated to depicting, on-stage and with frightening accuracy, Claude's resulting MushroomSamba (we ''said'' it was experimental), which involves: a roll call of important historical figures; an Abraham Lincoln played by a black woman ("Shit, I ain't dyin for no white man!"); a slapstick comedy sequence in which some Buddhists get killed by some Catholic nuns, who get killed by some astronauts (with FrickinLaserBeams), who get killed by some Chinese, who get killed by some Native Americans, who get killed by some Green Berets, who all kill each other, and then everyone gets up and plays like children until the play it gets violent and they all kill each other ''again''. About this time Claude decides reality would be better and snaps out of it, having decided that he wants to be "a spirit?invisible.spirit invisible." That is what he becomes: the tribe holds an anti-war protest, but can't see Claude because he has succumbed to the draft. He is shielded from the audience's eyes while the closing number goes on, eventually revealed to be lying in state on the ground, at which point he is covered with a black cloth. The cast reprises the final number and [[DancePartyEnding invites the audience to come up on stage and dance with them]].
23rd Apr '18 7:09:28 AM gleekandiknowit
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After the play resumes, there's a short skit where tribe members act out what Claude's draft interview must've been like. Berger then gives Claude a hallucinogen, and most of the act is dedicated to depicting, on-stage and with frightening accuracy, Claude's resulting MushroomSamba (we ''said'' it was experimental), which involves: a roll call of important historical figures; an Abraham Lincoln played by a black woman ("Shit, I ain't dyin for no white man!"); a slapstick comedy sequence in which some Buddhists get killed by some Catholic nuns, who get killed by some astronauts (with FrickinLaserBeams), who get killed by some Chinese, who get killed by some Native Americans, who get killed by some Green Berets, who all kill each other, and then everyone gets up and plays like children until the play gets violent and they all kill each other ''again''. About this time Claude decides reality would be better and snaps out of it, having decided that he wants to be "a spirit?invisible." That is what he becomes: the tribe holds an anti-war protest, but can't see Claude because he has succumbed to the draft. He is shielded from the audience's eyes while the closing number goes on, eventually revealed to be lying in state on the ground, at which point he is covered with a black cloth. The cast reprises the final number and [[DancePartyEnding invites the audience to come up on stage and dance with them]].

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After When the play resumes, there's a short skit where tribe members act out what Claude's draft interview must've been like. Berger then gives Claude a hallucinogen, and most of the act is dedicated to depicting, on-stage and with frightening accuracy, Claude's resulting MushroomSamba (we ''said'' it was experimental), which involves: a roll call of important historical figures; an Abraham Lincoln played by a black woman ("Shit, I ain't dyin for no white man!"); a slapstick comedy sequence in which some Buddhists get killed by some Catholic nuns, who get killed by some astronauts (with FrickinLaserBeams), who get killed by some Chinese, who get killed by some Native Americans, who get killed by some Green Berets, who all kill each other, and then everyone gets up and plays like children until the play gets violent and they all kill each other ''again''. About this time Claude decides reality would be better and snaps out of it, having decided that he wants to be "a spirit?invisible." That is what he becomes: the tribe holds an anti-war protest, but can't see Claude because he has succumbed to the draft. He is shielded from the audience's eyes while the closing number goes on, eventually revealed to be lying in state on the ground, at which point he is covered with a black cloth. The cast reprises the final number and [[DancePartyEnding invites the audience to come up on stage and dance with them]].
23rd Apr '18 7:07:45 AM gleekandiknowit
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The musical centers around [[TheHero Claude]] (Rado), the leader of a "tribe" of New York hippies, and his two friends [[TheLancer Berger]] (Ragni) and [[SoapboxSadie Sheila]]. After various songs extolling the various practices and issues afoot (''Colored Spade'' for racism, ''Hashish'' for drug use, ''Sodomy'' for alternative sexuality, ''Ain't Got No'' for the tribe's semi-deliberate poverty), making it clear that this is a DividedStatesOfAmerica due to the differing values between generations. This is underlined when the play does a SmashCut to the entire tribe having an orgy (yes, onstage) and the maid walks in. Claude is promptly berated by six cast members representing his parents, each one with a different costume and concern (we ''said'' it was experimental), and is told that he should join the army. He leaves, and (after another couple of songs) returns to admit that he passed his draft physical and may be forced to go fight UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.

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The musical centers around [[TheHero Claude]] (Rado), the leader of a "tribe" of New York hippies, and his two friends [[TheLancer Berger]] (Ragni) and [[SoapboxSadie Sheila]]. After various songs extolling the various practices and issues afoot (''Colored Spade'' for racism, ''Hashish'' for drug use, ''Sodomy'' for alternative sexuality, ''Ain't Got No'' for the tribe's semi-deliberate poverty), making it clear that this is a DividedStatesOfAmerica due to the differing values between generations. This is underlined when the play does a SmashCut to the entire tribe having an orgy (yes, onstage) and the maid walks in. Claude is promptly berated by six cast members representing his parents, each one with a different costume and concern (we ''said'' it was experimental), and is told that he should join the army. He leaves, and (after another couple of songs) returns to admit that he passed his draft physical and may be forced to go fight in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.
23rd Apr '18 7:05:11 AM gleekandiknowit
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The original rock musical, ''Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical'', debuted in 1967 and is very much an [[TheSixties artifact of its time]], particularly the bohemian, [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippie]], Free Love and anti-[[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam-War]] movements, but at the same time has found new relevance in subsequent revivals, including the Tony award winning, 2009 Broadway revival. It was also very experimental for its time, involving nudity, audience participation and with some actors planted amongst the audience, not to mention scandalous for reasons which will be covered in the plot synopsis. The libretto (lyrics and dialogue) were written by its co-stars, James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and the music by Galt [=MacDermot=].

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The original rock musical, ''Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical'', debuted in 1967 and is very much an [[TheSixties artifact of its time]], particularly the bohemian, [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippie]], Free Love and anti-[[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam-War]] movements, but at the same time has found new relevance in subsequent revivals, including the Tony award winning, Award-winning 2009 Broadway revival. It was also very experimental for its time, involving nudity, audience participation and with some actors planted amongst the audience, not to mention scandalous for reasons which will be covered in the plot synopsis. The libretto (lyrics and dialogue) were written by its co-stars, James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and the music by Galt [=MacDermot=].
23rd Apr '18 7:04:25 AM gleekandiknowit
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The original rock musical, ''Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical'', debuted in 1967 and is very much an [[TheSixties artifact of its times]], particularly the bohemian, [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippie]], Free Love and anti-[[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam-War]] movements, but at the same time has found new relevance in subsequent revivals, including the Tony award winning, 2009 Broadway revival. It was also very experimental for its time, involving nudity, audience participation and with some actors planted amongst the audience, not to mention scandalous for reasons which will be covered in the plot synopsis. The libretto (lyrics and dialogue) were written by its co-stars, James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and the music by Galt [=MacDermot=].

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The original rock musical, ''Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical'', debuted in 1967 and is very much an [[TheSixties artifact of its times]], time]], particularly the bohemian, [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippie]], Free Love and anti-[[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam-War]] movements, but at the same time has found new relevance in subsequent revivals, including the Tony award winning, 2009 Broadway revival. It was also very experimental for its time, involving nudity, audience participation and with some actors planted amongst the audience, not to mention scandalous for reasons which will be covered in the plot synopsis. The libretto (lyrics and dialogue) were written by its co-stars, James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and the music by Galt [=MacDermot=].
23rd Apr '18 7:04:05 AM gleekandiknowit
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The original rock musical, ''Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical'', debuted in 1967 and is very much an [[TheSixties artifact of its times]], particularly the bohemian, [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippie]], Free Love and anti-[[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam-War]] movements, but at the same time has found new relevance in subsequent revivals, including the Tony award winning, 2009 Broadway revival. It was also very experimental for its times, involving nudity, audience participation and with some actors planted amongst the audience, not to mention scandalous for reasons which will be covered in the plot synopsis. The libretto (lyrics and dialogue) were written by its co-stars, James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and the music by Galt [=MacDermot=].

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The original rock musical, ''Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical'', debuted in 1967 and is very much an [[TheSixties artifact of its times]], particularly the bohemian, [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippie]], Free Love and anti-[[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam-War]] movements, but at the same time has found new relevance in subsequent revivals, including the Tony award winning, 2009 Broadway revival. It was also very experimental for its times, time, involving nudity, audience participation and with some actors planted amongst the audience, not to mention scandalous for reasons which will be covered in the plot synopsis. The libretto (lyrics and dialogue) were written by its co-stars, James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and the music by Galt [=MacDermot=].
20th Apr '18 11:26:57 AM Traveler123
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* OhCrap: Berger gets one in the barracks after he's taken Claudes' place and it's announced the unit is shipping out for Vietnam immediately. Claude gets an ''epic'' one when he gets back to the barracks and sees that its' empty, and he knows there can only be one reason why.
10th Dec '17 5:00:06 PM rjd1922
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