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'Hair' returning to Broadway

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Hair
Joan Marcus

The Tribe is back: Hair’s 2009 award-winning revival is returning to the Great White Way this summer. Previews begin at New York’s St. James Theatre on July 5, with the opening night scheduled for July 13 (the show will run through September 10). This marks Hair’s third run on Broadway since its 1968 debut, when the Vietnam-era chronicle of the hippie movement shocked with its 20-second nude scene and thrilled with its chart-topping tunes. The 2009 revival at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre ran for 519 performances and snagged the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. But, if you grew up in the late 1980s like me, your fondest memories of Hair also involve when the gang from Head of the Class staged the play in a glorious two-part episode — going on with the show even when the conservative Mrs. Hartman (Elaine Stritch) threatened to fail every student involved.

Reminisce with me — and celebrate Hair’s Broadway return — by watching this clip of the Head of the Class crew performing “Aquarius” and “Manchester England.” (Also, look for John Cameron Mitchell as the geek unsuccessfully trying out for the part of Claude.)

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