Rock music, counter-culture, and the sexual revolution take center stage in the classic musical, “Hair,” presented by Island ETC March 9th-April 7th.
Set in New York City in the late 1960’s “Hair” is the iconic staging of America’s peace-love culture. Also known as the “American Tribal Love-Rock Musical,” “Hair” tells the story of “The Tribe,” a group of politically active friends who are part of the emerging hippie generation and the issues that surround them – sex, drugs, and the Vietnam War. The musical questions standards of morality, sexuality, individualism, racism, violence, drug use, loyalty, and social acceptance – prominent issues whose relevance, unfortunately, continues in the United States today. The ‘Tribe’ yearns to find a new way; their goal is to change the world. They exuberantly create their own rights of passage through the confusion around them. With themes of alienation and civil disobedience, “Hair” illustrates the 60’s generation’s search for meaning through ‘be-ins,” “love-ins,” and protests.
With book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt McDermont, “Hair” was the first rock musical. It is considered to be one of the most adventurous, outlandish, and ultimately profound musicals in musical theatre history. The groundbreaking rock score of “Hair” paved the way for some of the greatest musicals of our time. “Hair” features an extraordinary cast and dozens of unforgettable songs, including ‘Aquarius,’ ‘Let The Sun Shine In,’ ‘Good Morning, Starshine,’ ‘Easy To Be Hard,’ and of course, ‘Hair.’”
Performances are Friday, March 9th through Saturday, April 7th. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8pm. There are two Sunday matinees on March 18th and 25th at 2:30pm. Although curtain times are either 8pm or 2:30pm, “Hair” is not a traditional musical, so arriving fifteen minutes earlier will keep you from missing any of the ‘action.’
Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased online at islandetc.org. Special rates are available for groups of ten or more by calling the box office at (409)762-3556.
The show includes simulated drug use and sexual acts, racial stereotypes, and slurs of the era, profanity, partial nudity, defiance of authority, energy, love, and happiness. Island ETC does not recommend our production of “Hair” for children.
Island ETC is located at 2317 Mechanic St. in Downtown Galveston. For any questions call the box office at (409)762-3556 or visit us at islandetc.org.
Come, break out your love beads, and Let The Sun Shine In!