NICEVILLE — “Hair,” a celebration of peace and love, and the 2009 Tony Award-Winning Best Musical Revival directed by Diane Paulus, will appear at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center for one night only Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
The national touring show is part of the center’s popular Broadway Series. Tickets are on sale for $45 each.
Both a joyous celebration of youth and a poignant journey through a tumultuous 1960’s America, “Hair” features an iconic score including chart-topping hits such as “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Aquarius,” “Hair” and “Good Morning Starshine.”
“Hair” energetically depicts the birth of a cultural movement in the ’60s and ’70s that changed America forever. The musical follows a group of charismatic, free-spirited young people who passionately preach a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War.
“Hair’s” powerful message resonates as much today as it did 40 years ago when the show opened on Broadway. This critically-acclaimed revival became a theatrical tour de force in its limited engagement in Central Park, later moving to Broadway where it won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival as well as the Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle awards for Outstanding Revival of a Musical.
This inspiring new production of “Hair” features an exuberant finale where audiences are invited onstage to dance with the cast, and has a level of inclusiveness that is rarely seen in musical theater.
Executive producer, Daniel Sher, notes, “We are excited for audiences across the country to take this journey with us. See for yourself, let your hair down and share the love!”
Tickets are $45 each or $40 each for groups of 10 or more tickets purchased together. For tickets, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office at 729-6000 or 1-888-838-ARTS (2787) Monday to Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or purchase online at mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Tickets will also be available the night of the show, space permitting, starting at 6 p.m. At-the-door seating is the same price as advance tickets. There is a $2 per ticket processing fee.
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is on the Niceville campus of NWF State College at 100 College Blvd.
Directed by Diane Paulus, who also directed the Tony Award-winning revival of The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess,” and choreographed by Karole Armitage, “Hair” features a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado with music by Galt MacDermot.
While many find this show suitable for young adults ages 13 and older, parental discretion is advised. There is a dimly lit 20-second scene with nudity that is non-sexual in nature. The scene will be noted in the program as for mature audiences. Additional show information can be found at the website HairOnTour.com.