Hair

By Zoe Wolfe12th Grade, Hunter College High School It’s summer in New York! Since the city is filled with so many outdoor concerts, movies and green grass, sitting in a theater felt like an insult to the day. However, I didn’t realize that inside of that theater was a perfect summer day waiting for me. You know, the kind of day when the sky seems bluer, the grass seems greener, and the warmth from the sun lights up everyone around you…and suddenly, all you want to do is give flowers to strangers and run through Central Park singing at the top of your lungs. I found all that in the musical Hair, which recently returned to Broadway for a short summer run. All 39 songs feel inventive and are incredibly enjoyable – so much so that this reviewer keeps getting distracted by listening to the album. What makes this musical stand out is the energy of the Tribe (how they refer to the cast). The show is very light on plot and mostly driven by the songs. That means that the meaning comes from the audience’s connection to the music and the feeling of being a part of the Tribe. This is underscored by the audience quite literally becoming a part of the show. At the beginning, Berger, the lead character, shows off his “mom” to the audience. At the performance I was at, his mother was a girl in her 20’s that just so happened to be sitting in the front row. The Tribe also involves the audience by dancing through the aisles. The seven-year-old girl that sat in the aisle seat in the row in front of me became well-known to the audience, as she was picked up by and danced with different Tribe members during numerous songs. As cheesy as this may sound, “let the sunshine” on Broadway! Hair, in all of its joint-smoking, free-loving, protesting, naked, and, above all, hairy, glory, has returned to add some color to the Great White Way. Let the sounds and sights and energy of this timeless musical take over your senses and experience the dawning of the Age of Aquarius as it was meant to be. TICKETS: thru 9/10 • $27 lottery rush; $37 student rush • St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St. website