Hair brings back the Summer of Love in the West End

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Hair the Musical

Fans of classic rock musicals have a lot to get excited about this week, with the West End opening of the legendary show Hair at the Gielgud Theatre in London.

While it’s always a treat to take a West End theatre break, there are some shows that have extra special appeal and really rise to the top. With its rocking songs, lively theatrics and engaging drama, Hair is certainly one of these, and I’m excited that the transfer of the revived show from Broadway to London means I could finally take my mum to see her favourite musical!

Hair (not to be confused with Hairspray!) is famous for being the first rock musical, a combination that we really haven’t had enough of since. There’s been Jesus Christ Superstar of course, and We Will Rock You is certainly a lot of fun, both of which also combine the atmosphere of a rock concert with all the drama of a play. And now you have the perfect chance to see the 1967 spirit recaptured by fantastic performers in the play that started the trend.

But what makes Hair stand out, even more than its famous songs, is its controversial subject matter, which might be a little more acceptable today but sounds like it still has the ability to shock. By dramatising drug use and sex – as well as boasting a famous nude scene – it might not be a show you want to take your gran to… unless she was one of the revolutionary baby boomers herself, of course! :)

There’s bound to be a big difference between a modern audience watching Hair and those seeing it for the first time in 1967, when the Vietnam War was still going on and many of its issues were touchy subjects, but critics seem to agree that age has only dated the show it in a good way. The music still sounds as fresh as ever, and while the modern version of the show is still faithful to the original, I’ve heard there are many sequences that have been given a stylish makeover. This should be great news for old-school fans as well as anyone who’s keen to see Hair for the first time and get a revealing insight into 1960s counterculture.

Hair is playing at the Gielgud Theatre in Westminster, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that reviews from the opening night were positive – it’s a classic after all! Check out our video preview to help you decide if you fancy letting your hair down on a theatre break in London.

2 responses to “Hair brings back the Summer of Love in the West End

  1. Ray

    This show is simply amazing! The New York cast exude sexual energy bringing every song to life and recalling the bohemian drug-fuelled days of the 60’s. Brilliant!!!!

  2. DavidT

    GRAB THE BEADS AND PHONE FRIEND

    GET DOWN TO THE GIELGUD AND GET WITH THE GROOVE

    THE ENERGY, THE ATMOSPHERE, THE ADRENALIN MAKE “HAIR”
    MORE LIKE A ROCK CONCERT THAN A WEST END SHOW

    THE AUDIENCE INTERACTION MAKE IT MORE LIKE A TOP-NOTCH
    OPEN-MIKE STAND-UP NIGHT

    THE WOW-WOW-WOW! CAST MAKE THIS THIS 1967 MUSICAL
    INTO A THEATRICAL EVENT THAT NO AUDIENCE IN 2010 IS
    EVER LIKELY TO FORGET

    SWORE I WOULDN’T MENTION THE NUDITY SO I WON’T

    OR THE THREE BARS THAT WE HAD TO VISIT AFTERWARDS
    BECAUSE WE WERE ON SUCH A HIGH

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