Yesterday I went to see the play HAIR at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. I have to say that it was just as exciting and relevant (except for the hippies), as it was back in the 60’s and 70’s when it originally came to the stage. I never went to see HAIR back then, and I am sure even if I had, I wouldn’t have understood it anyway, but I always loved the music and I owned the original Broadway album.
I went to this play wanting to hear the songs that I have loved for so many years, and to be carried back in time to when I was a tween and thought that the hippie movement was so cool. It worked. I absolutely loved the play. The actors were wonderful, and their voices were amazing. I felt like I was part of the movement, and not being a kid anymore, the message obviously had meaning to me. I took two of my kids, who are young adults, and even they fell in love with the whole concept of hippies, they could relate to protesting against the war and promoting love and happiness. They loved the play and it’s message as much as I did.
It’s interesting that after all these years, a play like HAIR can still touch people even though the hippie movement is long gone, the clothing is totally dated, long, straggly hair is a thing of the past, and young men and woman no longer live in the parks in tribes begging for food and money. It’s because the message of this play is timeless, people still hate war, and we all still want Peace, Love, Freedom & Happiness.