1968: The Musical

June 7, 2018

That's right: A new musical called '68 that looks a the tumultuous 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, opens next month. A production of the New York Music Festival, the musical is the work of…

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Tharp's 'Come Fly Away' Hits the Road

August 9, 2011

VVA honored the internationally renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp in 2004 with our President’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for her big Broadway show Movin’ Out , the Vietnam War-themed production done to the tune…

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More 'Hair'

July 19, 2011

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 .…

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Nixon in China (the Opera)

February 8, 2011

President Richard M. Nixon, who practically based his long political career on being staunchly anti-communist, began the long process of Chinese-American rapprochement with his historic visit to what was then known in this country as…

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Glory Denied: The Opera

November 19, 2010

Back in 2001 newspaper columnist Tom Philpott wrote a compelling book called Glory Denied: The Saga of Jim Thompson, America's Longest-Held Prisoner of War, the amazing, true story of Col. Floyd James "Jim" Thompson. The…

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The Fantasticks in 1969 — in Vietnam

May 12, 2009

When you think of entertainment for the troops in Vietnam during the war, you naturally think of the Bob Hope USO extravaganzas. But the U.S. military also provided lots of stage entertainment--including rock music by…

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Remembering the Vietnam War course at Chautauqua in July

May 6, 2009

VVA life member Ira Cooperman once again this year will be teaching the “Remembering the Vietnam War” course at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. Cooperman, who served as a USAF intelligence officer in Vietnam…

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Hair Again on Broadway

April 3, 2009

The good old rock musical Hair opened on Broadway once again on March 31 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and the reviews were uniformly positive. The latest revival of the more than 40-year-old sixties "American…

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Hair is Going to Broadway — Again

September 30, 2008

It's 41 years old and headed back to Broadway, where it all began. Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock-Musical , will be back on the Great White Way sometime after the first of the year. Hair…

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Hair in Central Park Through Aug. 31

August 11, 2008

It's easy to forget that the main plot of the pioneering, iconic rock musical Hair --which New York City's Public Theater is staging free of charge at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park this month--has to…

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