The Center for the Arts at Monmouth University has announced a run of the rock musical HAIR, a production by the University’s Department of Music & Theatre Arts. Shows will run from November 10 to 12, and November 15 to 19 in the Lauren K. Woods Theatre. All show times are at 8 p.m., except for Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.
The story of HAIR explores what it means to be a young person in the changing world of the 1960s. With lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, HAIR became an icon for the anti-Vietnam War movement and a statement for the practice of peace. The show, although set in the 60s, speaks to ideas that remain important social and political topics today. The Department of Music & Theatre’s run of HAIR comes as the musical celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Songs from the show like Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, and Let the Sun Shine In have made HAIR into one of theatre’s most beloved musicals. Its narrative explores concepts of identity, community, and global responsibility. The musical is known for its once-controversial elements and its politically aware, rebellious characters, with whom audiences are sure to fall in love.
HAIR had its start Off-Broadway in the late 1960s, and has since made waves in the world of theatre. The story was eventually adapted into a film, and lit up the silver screen in 1979.  With its timeless popularity, HAIR was brought back to Broadway in 2009 for a much-anticipated revival.
This production is directed by Sheri Anderson, a Monmouth University professor in the Department of Music. The event is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors.