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Let the sunshine in at HAIR

13 May 2019

Let the sunshine in at HAIR

When the Moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars.

The opening line of rock classic Age of Aquarius sets the scene for the revolutionary rock musical HAIR, coming to our Outdoor Stage in October.

A social and cultural phenomenon, featuring profanity, illegal drugs, sexuality, nude scenes and an irreverence for the American flag, it was hugely controversial when it burst onto the stage in the late 60s.

Before HAIR, any reference to homosexuality, bisexuality or nudity in the 60s would have been considered too outrageous to be shown on the stage. But this jubilant exploration of life and freedom, captures the zeitgeist of the times like nothing that had been seen before.

50 years on the story of hippie counterculture and sexual revolution is still incredibly relevant with its themes of freedom, human rights, peace and the environment.

This brand-new Australian production captures the radical and rebellious nature of the original and continues to break all the rules. Starring four-time Logie award-winning TV and theatre star, Hugh Sheridan, alongside Paulini, one of Australia’s most uniquely talented performers, it features all the hits from the Grammy Award-winning score including ‘Age of Aquarius’, ‘Let the Sunshine In’, ‘Good Morning Starshine’ and ‘I Got Life.’

Originally conceived by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, HAIR tells the story of a group of politically active, long-haired hippies living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War.

It was a turbulent, anarchic and exciting time in which people were losing faith in the establishment, austerity measures and the Vietnam War. Hippie counterculture, experimentation and free-love eschewed conformity.

Rado described the inspiration for Hair as ‘a combination of some characters we met in the streets, people we knew and our own imaginations. We knew this group of kids in the East Village who were dropping out and dodging the draft, and there were also lots of articles in the press about how kids were being kicked out of school for growing their hair long.’

He recalled, ‘There was so much excitement in the streets and the parks and the hippie areas, and we thought if we could transmit this excitement to the stage it would be wonderful. … We hung out with them and went to their Be-Ins [and] let our hair grow.’

Today, amidst global turmoil, issues like human rights, the environment, freedom of religion, race and gender equality continue to dominate conversations across the country, HAIR’s themes of identity, community, global responsibility and peace continue to resonate, getting to the heart of what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

HAIR puts a mirror to today’s society and asks the question, how far have we really come?

Celebrate sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, radical glory at our Outdoor Stage for two nights only, Fri 11 – Sat 12 Oct.

For 48 hours, from 9am on Monday 13th, pre-sale tickets are available for our eNews subscribers. See details on how to sign up here. Tickets available on general release on Wed 15.