Thursday, May 12, 2011
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Photo: Joan Marcus. Slated to play at the Fox Theatre from Tuesday through May 22, "Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" features a score that will take a whole new generation back to the time of a cultural upheaval that changed America forever.
ATLANTA -- A new generation of theater lovers can experience one of the best-loved musicals ever to hit Broadway, thanks to the revival of "Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical." Slated to play at the Fox Theatre from Tuesday through May 22, this Tony Award-winning musical features a score that will take a whole new generation back to the time of a cultural upheaval that changed America forever.
More than 40 years after the original "Hair" first opened on Broadway, this cast of characters struggles with the same challenges -- racism, brutality, intolerance -- that young people did during the Vietnam War era. The musical follows a group of free-spirited, optimistic, idealistic young adults as they challenge the social norms, burn draft cards and explore themselves as a cultural and political power. The message is ultimately one of hope.
Dori Ann Ledbetter, a Georgia State University student, Lilburn native and self-described "daughter of a mom from the '60s," already has tickets to see "Hair" in Atlanta.
"I've always laughed at my parents, especially my mom, about growing up back then. The kids were so unrealistic. I hope to see and understand more by experiencing Hair with (my mom)," Ledbetter said.
More "seasoned' theatre lovers will remember songs such as "Let the Sun Shine In," "Aquarius" and "Good Morning Starshine." This production won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, and the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics' Circle award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical.
As part of the 2010-11 Broadway Across America-Atlanta season, "Hair" is directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Karole Armitage.