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The Boston Conservatory Presents HAIR, A Concert Musical

The Boston Conservatory presents Hair, a concert musical, April 25–27, 2014. This Tony-award winning rock musical includes such hits as Aquarius, Good Morning Sunshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life, What a Piece of Work is Man and Let the Sunshine In

Written by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and composed by Galt MacDermon, Hair focuses on a group of friends in New York City in the 1960s struggling to balance their hippie culture and the more traditional society around them. At the center of the story is Claude, who must decide whether to join the Vietnam War, and therefore conform to society and his family’s desires, or to hold on to his pacifist ways. When it originally opened on Broadway in 1968, many of its songs quickly became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War movement. 

In The Boston Conservatory’s performance, Act I is set at Woodstock and Act II returns to the city. “We’ve really decided to play up the concert musical aspect of this show,” said Neil Donohoe, co-director of Hair and director of the theater division. “By starting the story at Woodstock and then returning to the city, it allows the audience to really watch the characters struggle with returning to that reality and deal with the repercussions of the choices they made in Act I.” 

The Boston Conservatory’s production of Hair is unique, as the majority of the artistic choices come directly from the students in the cast. “We’re encouraging students to contribute and engage in the creative process, rather than imposing our own choices or ideas,” said Christopher Webb, Conservatory faculty member and co-director along with Donohoe. “The process is very different than what many of our students are used to, but it really gives them the chance to add a current perspective to a show that still resonates today, despite its creation more than 45 years ago. Anyone in the audience is going to be in for an experience full of love, peace and one heck of a trip.” 

Hair will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26, along with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. This performance of Hair is for mature audiences only, due to nudity. All performances will be at The Boston Conservatory Theater at 31 Hemenway Street.

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