Always Knew Beck Center Was a Clip Joint, as BW Theatre opens “Hair” There

Fri 2/9-Sun 2/25

Hard to believe the musical Hair is 50 years old (suggesting a title change: Thin Hair? Gray Hair?).

Youth today brought up on Rent (don’t worry, that one’s getting old too, perhaps even faster) may not appreciate what a cultural milestone the Broadway counterculture rockmusical Hair represented. When Hair was first performed in Cleveland in PlayhouseSquare in 1971, a bomb actually went off in front of the theater. Everyone’s a critic.

Now students of the Baldwin Wallace University Theatre Department, in collaboration with the Beck Center of Lakewood, revive the Vietnam-era production and its song catalog that includes the perennial “Age of Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine” and “Let the Sun Shine In.”

Tickets range from $15 to $31. The disclaimer from a half-century ago applies today, that some material may not be suitable for young audiences.


[Written by Charles Cassady]

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