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Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended
"...Though in many ways the once oh-so-contemporary Hair has become a period piece, the issues it raises remain as relevant as ever. One canít help wondering how much more politically involved 2011ís American young would be if todayís volunteer American army were made up instead of hundreds of thousands of draftees (many of them not particularly willing to go over and die in Vietnam). Hair reminds us of a time when simply being a young American man in his late teens or early twenties was a matter of life and death. It also provides some of the most exciting, energetic musical theater likely to grace the Segerstrom Center For The Arts this year."
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StageHappenings.com - Highly Recommended
"...I went to Hair at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts with some trepidation. This new production had been a huge success in New York and I was interested to see what director Diane Paulus and choreographer Armitage had brought to the mix. The results were astounding. Hair lived again, not so much as a shocking piece of theatre, but a musical that explored themes we still have among us, war, race, sexual identity, and showed a youth trying to find their identity through song. In fact new songs were added and there was lots of choreography so what we saw on stage was a non-stop energetic yearning to find a better America. Today all we have is the Tea Party, hardly the force of the hippies in the 60ís. The cast was excellent. Great singing voices and real commitment to the piece. Instead of self-indulgence we saw real passion of a youth culture trying to find itís way in a world gone mad. Standouts were Steel Burkhardt as Berger, Paris Remillard as Claude (what a gorgeous voice, Caren Lyn Tackett as Sheila, and Josh Lamon as a series of characters, all fantastic. When the show ended the audience stayed another 20 minutes singing and dancing to ďLet The Sunshine InĒ. This production of Hair let it shine with its huge heart."
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