- One ticket to see Hair
- When: Saturday, May 3, at 2 p.m.
- Where: Palace Theater
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
- $43 for the rear orchestra or mezzanine (up to $71.50 value)
- $36 for the middle mezzanine (up to $61.50 value)
- $29 for the upper mezzanine (up to $51.50 value)
“It was a show about now when we did it,” said Hair co-creator James Rado in 2008. “Now it’s a show about then—but it’s still about now.” Although initially performed in 1967, the rock musical’s universal themes of individuality, experimentation, and acceptance in the face of oppression are just as resonant today. It also doesn’t hurt that Rado has returned to update the script for 2014 with new and previously unreleased songs from the original production.
Hair follows a group of free spirits known as The Tribe, a diverse clan of young Americans on a quest for peace, love, and car keys amid the turbulent 1960s and the looming draft of the Vietnam War. Upon its inception, the show stirred up controversy for its portrayal of integration and free love, particularly the harmonious nude scene at the end of Act 1. But it since has gone on to be praised for these very things, and the national tour brings the positive message of the Broadway revival to audiences throughout the country.
Hair’s loosely threaded story spins and dazzles like a kaleidoscope, establishing a communal bond with the audience through generation-defining songs backed by a live band onstage. “Aquarius” delivers astrological predictions with acid rock and twinkling strings before the show’s title track revels in unkempt freedom and its connection to nature. “A nest for birds, there ain’t no words for the beauty, the splendor, the wonder of my hair,” sing the performers, who thrash and sway through freewheeling choreography that Ben Brantley of the New York Times lauded for looking “as if it’s being invented on the spot.”
Hair is suggested for a mature audience because of nudity, and parental discretion is advised.
In the 1920s, Thomas Lamb was the man to see if you were planning to build a theater. The designer of everything from the Orpheum in Boston to Madison Square Garden in New York, his designs fanned the flames of vaudeville and inspired so much admiration in silent-film stars that they almost spoke. So when theater impresario Sylvester Z. Poli decided to built his Palace Theater, he turned to the best. Lamb designed the Palace in a Second Renaissance Revival style, mixing Greek, Roman, Arabic, and Federal motifs into the grand lobby and domed auditorium. With such a regal foundation, Poli couldn’t keep his wallet closed when decorating, and spent $1 million dressing the Theater for a king. And so well outfitted, the Theater had a good run, operating with force until 1987. Then the lights on the marquee went out, staying dark for the next 18 years. But with such undeniable beauty, it couldn’t stay dark forever. A three-year, $30 million restoration and expansion brought the Palace into the 21st century, turning it into a 90,000-square-foot historical landmark. Yet now, as in the 1920s, the Theater’s mission remains the same: to serve as an artistic, cultural, educational, and economic catalyst for the community.