The musical Hair —which deals squarely (if mostly zanily) with the Vietnam War on the home front—is back again on Broadway for a ten-week summer visit (through September 10) at the St. James Theater . Billed as “the American tribal love-rock musical, ” Hair burst on the Broadway scene in 1968, and has had a bunch of revivals in the intervening years.
This latest one is a Tony-Award-winning (Best Musical Revival) production that ran on Broadway in 2009, directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Karole Armitage. As it did two years ago, the 2011 version Broadway version is getting rave reviews.
“It’s a refreshingly low-tech matter of the bestowing of flowers, the laying on of friendly hands and urgent invocations to feel the love and agitate for peace, ” Christopher Isherwood wrote in the July 13 New York Times . “There is also, of course, the culminating dance party onstage allowing everyone [including audience members] to join in the ecstatic finale of Diane Paulus’s production of this beloved portrait of youth culture in the late 1960s.”