The full casting has been announced for the 50th anniversary production of rock musical Hair, which runs at the Vaults from October. Hair is the story of the “tribe” a political group of hippies living in New York protesting against the Vietnam War. It has music by Galt McDermot, lyrics and a book by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and first opened Off-Broadway in 1967. It features the songs “Aquarius”, “Let the Sun Shine In” and “Good Morning Star Shine.”
Like a mini Woodstock, from the moment the audience arrive, The Vaults is transformed into a fully immersive 60s venue, with psychedelic innovative creatives, iconic artwork and hippie flower power. With 60s themed pop up restaurants and themed drinks; plus stalls including: vintage 60s and tie dye clothes, 60s smiley badges and memorabilia, hippie wigs and flower headdresses, vinyl’s – everything needed for a legal high. Then the audience move through to the intimate theatre seating just 200, where the genuinely youthful cast live their characters, revealing every emotion up close and personal through HAIR‘s drug fuelled journey - still ground-breaking at the age of 50.
1967 and HAIR‘s hippie-hood youngsters live as The Tribe, in the East Village of New York: yearning to change the world, questioning authority and the American flag. They are wild, colourful, free, sexually liberated beautiful people who join in protest and song - under the shadow of the Vietnam War. Featuring classic hit songs: Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In and Good Morning Star Shine - and the story of youth and war still resounds throughout the world making this a topical musical for the millennial generation. 2017 vividly sees the world protesting and marching, fighting for freedom of speech; from Trump to Brexit via Syria – the core spirit of HAIR.