"Hair" Coming to Keith Albee as part of Marshall Artists Series

Updated 6 years ago by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series
"Hair" Coming to Keith Albee as part of Marshall Artists Series
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HUNTINGTON- A celebration of peace and love, the 2009 Tony Award-Winning Broadway Revival of HAIR will play in Huntington Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center for the first time with the Marshall Artists Series!

 HAIR follows a group of hopeful, free-spirited young people who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with brutality and intolerance during the Vietnam War. As the tribe in HAIR explores sexual identity, challenges racism, experiments with drugs and burns draft cards, the musical creates an irresistible message of hope that continues to resonate with audiences over  40 years later.

 Originally opening April 29, 1968, HAIR played 1750 performances and ran for more than four years. Clive Barnes, theatre critic for The New York Times, called the show “the first Broadway musical in some time to have the authentic voice of today rather than the day before yesterday.” He was referring to the fact that this musical actually reflected the taste of the young generation; the songs sounded like the popular music being played on the radio.

With an iconic score including chart-topping hits such as “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Aquarius,” “Hair” and “Good Morning Starsine,” HAIR features some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage.

The critically-acclaimed revival became a theatrical tour de force in its limited engagement in Central Park. Later moving to Broadway, the musical won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival as well as the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle award for Outstanding Revival of a musical.

 Bloomberg News enthused, “HAIR feels utterly of the moment in its power to move us. There’s nothing like it.” Variety exclaimed, “If this explosive production doesn’t stir something in you, it may be time to check your pulse” and The Washington Post calls this production of HAIR, “Irresistible…the best version yet!”

Ticket prices for HAIR are $58, $50 and $45. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Joan C. Edwards Box Office, calling 304-696-6656, or online at ticketmaster.com.

HAIR is sponsored by Cabell Huntington Hospital, Reynolds & Associates, Chase Bank, KEE 100, WTCR, Oldies 97.1, WSAZ, Herald Dispatch, Marshall University, MU College of Fine Arts and the Marshall Artists Series.

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