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HAIR puts rock music and the culture that went with it on stage. The show has a strong effect on everyone and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints. What looks like incredible chaos is actually organized chaos. Phenomenal musical numbers include Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life, What a Piece of Work Is Man and Hippie Life. This show has a vitality, a timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960's and early 1970's in America.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Cautions: Drugs, Mild Adult Themes

  • Performance Group:
  • High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre

  • Accolades:
  • The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, The Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical
 ”…be free, no guilt, be whoever you are, do whatever you want, just as long as you don’t hurt anyone.” This Utopian philosophy incorporates many concepts which supply lyrics for a show comprised almost exclusively of rock musical numbers.

In the age of Aquarius, a time of harmony and understanding, sex-Sodomy and drugs-Hashish are used as vehicles to evade reality and the establishment. Skin colors are insignificant-Colored Spade and I’m Black. Imagination-Manchester, England lends beauty to a dreary existence-Dead End. The spirit of communal living finds its expressions in yearnings-Ain’t Got No, affection-I Believe in Love, common needs-Ain’t Got No Grass, awareness-Air and a desire to partake-I Got Life.

George Berger sets the mood in a song about his recent banishment from high school-Goin’ Down. He mocks the educational hierarchy, and is obviously delighted to be dismissed. Berger feels persecuted by society as he learns of the draft notice received by his friend, Claude. Claude, whose only valuable possession, other than his freedom, is his Hair, tells of its joys. “Give me a head of hair, long beautiful hair, shining, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen…let it fly in the breeze…I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy, snaggy, shaggy…”

Sheila, a protester from NYU who lives with Berger and Claude, aspires to spread love. In an effort to please, Sheila buys Berger a yellow satin shirt which he spurns. She feels rejected-Easy to Be Hard.

As the flower children are leaving to attend a Be-in, one girl, Crissy, alone in her thoughts, sings of a boy she once met and of her longings to meet him again-Frank Mills.

At the Be-In, the boys burn their draft cards, exhibiting devotion to peace - Be-In “Hara Krishna“. Claude puts his card into the fire, changes his mind and removes it. He has ambivalent feelings about escaping the draft-Where Do I Go.

Following a group ritual, Claude arrives dressed as a gorilla. He fantasizes ways to avoid being inducted. The kids recognize there is no escape and to ease the immediate tensions, Berger passes ‘joints’ to all.

During a drug induced hallucination-Walking in Space, Claude visualizes George Washington retreating, Indians shooting white men, famous American characters being attacked by African Witch Doctors, Abraham Lincoln patronizing toward the slaves, followed by mass murders. After the violence, Claude sees his Mom, Dad and a Sergeant beaming with pride due to his enrollment in the Army. They fade from view, replaced by the flower children who turn into horrible monsters and start killing one another; directing their aggressive actions towards Claude-Three-Five-Zero-Zero. Two of the group, observing this scene of destruction, express their feelings about mankind in What a Piece of Work Is Man.

Claude realizes that once he is inducted into the Army, he will not be able to enjoy all of life’s simple pleasures-Good Morning Starshine and The Bed. He sees life in the streets offers no more fulfillment than life in the establishment. The stripping away of his freedom leaves him a feeling of doom-Ain’t Got No (Reprise). Later, Claude dressed in a military uniform, enters the sanctum of the kids, but they are unable to see him-Eyes, Look Your Last. Ultimately, Claude lies in his uniform on a black cloth in center stage-The Flesh Failures (Let the Sun Shine In). The show ends on an upbeat note, sustaining its joyous mood with the full company in Hippie Life.

As a social commentary of our times, HAIR provides an insight into the philosophy of the flower children of the 1960's. As the first and most successful of the rock musicals, HAIR provides a new element in musical theatre entertainment.

Premiere Production: When Hair moved to Broadway after 144 Off-Broadway performances at Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre, it played for 1,750 performances on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre starring James Rado, Gerome Ragni, Lynn Kellogg, and Sally Eaton. It was revived on Broadway in 1977 at the Biltmore Theatre starring Randall Easterbrook, Michael Holt, Ellen Foley and Iris Rosenkrantz. In 2009, it returned to Broadway and played for 519 performances at the Al Hirshfeld Theatre starring Gavin Creel, Will Swenson, Caissie Levy and Megan Lawrence.
  • Casting: 7M, 5F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Casting Notes: The original Broadway production had a cast of 23 performers, including chorus. Doubling was employed as indicated.

  • Principals

    Other Members of the Tribe

    … who play the following characters in the course of the show:
    3 Moms, 3 Dads, 3 High School Principals, 2 Policemen, Electric Blues Quartet (Oldsters), White Girls Trio, Black Boys Trio, “The Supremes” Trio, Army Sergeant, Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Calvin Coolidge, Clark Gable, Scarlett O’Hara, Aretha Franklin, Colonel Custer, Shoeshine Boy, 3 Buddhist Monks, 1 Thousand-Year-Old Monk, 3 Catholic Nuns, 3 Astronauts, 3 Chinese, 3 Guerillas, 1 Native American Indian and Others

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    1 x Piano Conductor's Score
    1 x Libretto/Chorus-Vocal Parts

    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    30 x Libretto/Chorus-Vocal Parts
    1 x Piano Conductor's Score

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 Baritone Saxophone (Flute, Piccolo & Clarinet)
    1 Trumpet I
    1 Trumpet II
    1 Trumpet III (optional)
    1 Trombone (optional)

    1 Bass (electric)
    1 Drums (trap drum set)
    1 Percussion:
    Bongo Drums
    Conga Drums
    Bell Tree
    Wood Block
    Temple Blocks
    Indian Drums (optional)
    Quica (Lion's roar)
    or Claves
    or Bongos
    Tubose (Scarper)
    or Tambourine
    Tower Clock Chime (sfx)

    2 Guitars I & II:
    I: acoustic & electric
    II: electric & bass

    1 Piano (Electric or Synthesizer)
    Piano-Conductor's score sent with rehearsal material.

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm