Friday, August 08, 2008

New Review: Hair

For Back Stage. Of course, you really have to read the whole thing to find out what I thought. I'm just saying.

Anyway, here's the tease:

The Public Theater's revival of Hair is so spirited in its heart and mind that experiencing it is like sitting atop a promontory — a mesmerizing high. It's sung so buoyantly, with such sincere embrace, that there are moments when the infectious, durable rock score by composer Galt MacDermot and co-lyricists (and book writers) Gerome Ragni and James Rado floats you on air — a delectable high.

And make no mistake: Hair showcases one physically beautiful cast. Just looking at them — Jonathan Groff's sweet-smiling Claude, Will Swenson's buff Berger, Caren Lyn Manuel's sultry Sheila, Bryce Ryness' sensuous Woof, and Patina Renea Miller's earthy Dionne, among others — is enough to power-launch you on an Apollo mission to a paradisiacal astral plane.

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