EAST LANSING — ÒHair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical,Ó a Tony-, Drama Desk- and Grammy Award-winning sensation, runs April 17-26 at Pasant Theatre at LansingÕs Wharton Center. The iconic and groundbreaking production features chart-topping hits like ÒAquarius,Ó ÒLet the Sun Shine InÓ and ÒGood Morning Starshine.Ó
ÒHairÓ captures the spirit of the 1960s with a loving look at a courageous group of young protestors. The ÒtribeÓ passionately tries to enact social change with powerful messages of anti-war activism, womenÕs rights, environmentalism and racial equality.
This show was controversial when it premiered and the battle against this Òlewd and lasciviousÓ masterpiece went all the way to the Supreme Court. Far from being dusty or irrelevant, these themes are as significant today as ever. This wild and masterful ride still asks us to question our beliefs, and its hopeful message of peace and love continues to rock our hearts and minds.
Creative highlights include psychedelic choreography by visiting alum Kellyn Uhl, musical direction by Pulsar winner Dave Wendelberger, a talented cast of 22 student actors and a 10-piece band. The design team brings 1968 back with stunning lighting by Shannon Schweitzer, set by Elspeth Williams, sound by Christopher Stowell and costumes by Daniel Hobbs. Deric McNish serves as director.
Tickets are $15 for students, $18 for faculty and seniors and $20 for general admission. A $3 facility fee applies to all tickets.
A director pre-show discussion will be held at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 19; a post-show discussion will follow the Thursday, April 23 performance.
The Wharton Center is located at Michigan State University, 750 E. West Shaw Lane, East Lansing, 48824. For tickets or more information, call 1-800-WHARTON or visit www.whartoncenter.com.
Box office at the Pasant Theatre opens one hour prior to each performance with house doors opening 30 minutes prior.