“Hair” The Musical Comes To Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO --

As one steps into the Wells Fargo Pavilion they are fully immersed into a pivotal time in our country's history.

Tie-dyed psychedelic flooring, eclectic lights hanging down and a screen showing images and news clips from the '60s as well as current events -- this is the set of "Hair" performed in the round.

Today we were allowed to peek in during vocal rehearsal for our live shot. The song, "Aquarius," has become an anthem for the time.

The original show opened off Broadway in 1967. The story focuses on a group of long-haired political active flower children -- Hippies -- living as bohemians in New York City.

The draft, the sexual revolution, rock music, racial tensions and heavy decisions sum up the experiences relayed in the play.

The play may have depicted a movement during the Vietnam Era, but as Director Glen Casale points out, similar issues exist today. Casale uses examples of war in the Middle East and conflicts around the world as well as racial issues exploding here at home to prove his point.

"Hair" is even more personal for Casale as he lived through the draft.

He was 17, watching TV to see the draft numbers called. He was No. 300, his neighbor was 2. Four weeks later his neighbor was a soldier in the Vietnam conflict, he came home in a box.

Casale says he remembers seeing "Hair" and being motivated.

He relayed that story to Tony Award winning Actor Ben Vereen who visited the Sacramento cast Tuesday, August 12. Vereen was part of the original cast and played two roles. Upon hearing the story

Vareen hugged Casale, he told the cast, "Hair" isn't just a musical, it is a movement.

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Performances: August 18-23

Showtimes: 2 p.m./ 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 - $83

Wells Fargo Pavilion

Ben Vereen (surrounded by "Hair" cast) (Photo Courtesy: California Musical Theatre)
Ben Vereen (surrounded by "Hair" cast) (Photo Courtesy: California Musical Theatre)

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