Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical

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Winner of the 2009 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical! Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical features book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and music by Galt MacDermot. With a score including musical numbers as "Let the Sun Shine In," "Aquarius," "Hair" and "Good Morning Starshine," Hair follows a group of hopeful, free-spirited young people who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War. As they explore sexual identity, challenge racism, experiment with drugs and burn draft cards, the "tribe" in Hair creates an irresistible message of 'hope' that continues to resonate with audiences 40 years later. The production opened on Broadway to rave reviews, with TheaterMania's Brian Scott Lipton declaring that "in the remarkably sure hands of director Diane Paulus and a committed cast of young Broadway talent, the landmark 1967 work not only retains its political and social relevance, but remains a remarkably joyous and occasionally heartbreaking piece of theater. The result is the year's best Broadway musical revival." The tour will begin with a brief engagement at New Haven's Shubert Theatre (October 21-24), which is being billed as a "sneak-peek," and then will have its official launch in Washington, DC, running October 26 - November 21 in the Opera House at the Kennedy Center. The tour will continue with engagements at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA (November 28 - December 5), the Gammage Theatre in Tempe, AZ (December 7-12), the Keller Theatre in Portland, OR (December 28 - January 2), the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles (January 5-23), the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA (January 25 - February 6), Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA (February 15-20), the Marcus Center in Milwaukee, WI (February 22-27), the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN (March 1-6), a Chicago venue TBA (March 8-20), the Colonial Theatre in Boston (March 22 - April 10), the Hershey Theatre in Hersey, PA (April 12-17), the Bushnell in Hartford, CT (April 26 - May 1), Proctors in Schenectady, NY (May 3-8), the Durham PAC in Durham, NC (May 10 - 15), the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA (May 17-22), the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Tampa Bay, FL (May 24-29), the Adrienne Arscht Center in Miami, FL (May 31 - June 5), the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL (June 7-19) and the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Orlando, FL (June 21-26).

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