Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Stop me if you've heard this one before.... No really.
The first proper date Stu and I went on was to see a revival of the 1967 hippy musical Hair at the Gate Theatre in 2005. Twelve years earlier than that coincidentally we'd both seen the same 1993 production at The Old Vic starring Sinitta and John Barrowman.
We are both big fans.
So naturally we went to see the Broadway revival at the Gielgud Theatre with the original New York cast four months ago.
We enjoyed it so much we just couldn't keep away so last month we went again.
And guess what? We still couldn't keep away. So we went yet again a few weeks ago.
And, surprise, surprise, we went again last night too. This time with Paul. We had great seats - front row centre. Very 'in your face'.
It's still at the Gieldgud Theatre and still with the original New York cast.
Hair is undoubtabably a great musical. A great rock musical no less. The first of its kind. It explores dramatic themes throughout, most of which are displayed right there on stage; swearing, drug use, overt sexuality, anti-war, anti-racism and nudity. What's not to like?
The songs are great too; Aquarius, Donna, Sodomy, Ain't Got No, Hair, Be-In (Hare Krishna), Good Morning Starshine and of course the seminal Let the Sun Shine In.
This production really does the material justice. It is active, energetic and enthusiastic. Simply staged it allows the great singing to come to the fore. Last night the audience were involved from start to finish being encouraged to join in as the action on the stage bled into the auitorium. Climbing over the seating the cast sang, danced, handed out posters and passed round flowers. By the finale the audience were so involved they flooded onto the stage to join in the fun. Naturally we just had to join them (yet again).
We probably liked it more the third time of viewing than the forth time to be honest - but that was probably because row C or row D is preferable to row AA to enjoy the whole panoramic spectacle.
I wonder if we can sneak in a fifth time before it closes on 4th Sept? Tee, hee.