PREVIEW: Mattie Kelly Center shows span Broadway to Ireland

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 09:53 AM.

Internationally acclaimed Cooney — The New York Times christened him “Irish America’s favorite son” — has performed two sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall.

Amante, “The People’s Tenor,” is a combination of all-American good looks, romantic Italian charm and an incredible voice.

‘Hair,’ Jan.  30

When “Hair” burst onto the Biltmore Theatre stage April 29, 1968, it marked a new era in American musical theatre.

The Tony Award-winning revival coming to the Mattie Kelly Center is a fresh, exciting re-imagining of the 45-year-old classic.

The great Galt McDermot, Gerome Ragni and James Rado score is as jiggy as ever, with favorites including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sunshine In,” “Good Morning Starshine” and the exuberant title number intact.

“Hair” energetically depicts the 1960s and ’70s cultural movement that changed America forever as a group of charismatic, free-spirited young people passionately preaches a lifestyle of pacifism and free love in a society torn asunder during the Vietnam War.

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