If the ’60s were “the dawning of the age of Aquarius,” what does that make the 2010s? While we’re still figuring that out, the Town Hall Arts Center is bringing Hair, the classic hippie musical that’s a trans-generational story of love, dope and anti-war protests, to Denver. “If you really look at what Hair was protesting in the ’60s, it still applies today,” says director/choreographer Nick Sugar.
“It’s sad to see how we as a nation are still at odds on racism, equality, sexuality, war, guns, poverty, drugs — well, maybe not drugs in Colorado. This movement in the ’60s created a utopia based on love and peace. The intention was good; however, it imploded in many ways.”
Hair is centered on a love triangle between Berger, Sheila and Claude. “Claude is torn between leaving his home and country to fight in a war he doesn’t believe in or stay home and fight against the war with his friends,” Sugar continues. “Our production of Hair is a commentary of this event that changed a nation. For me, personally, the music has always been something I would listen to regardless of it being a musical soundtrack. After Hair opened, the music became a part of pop culture, charting on the Billboard Top 40; several songs were covered by popular artists at that time, and it also transformed the landscape for American musical theater.”
Hair opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. and continues through June 16 at the Town Hall, 2450 West Main Street in Littleton. Tickets are $20 to $40; for more information, go to townhallartscenter.com.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Sat., June 1, 2 p.m.; Sun., June 9, 6:30 p.m. Starts: May 17. Continues through June 16, 2013