Marshall Artists Series to present ‘HAIR’ March 7

A celebration of peace and love, the 2009 Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of HAIR will play in Huntington at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. This will be its first performance with the Marshall Artists Series.

HAIR follows a group of free-spirited young people who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free love in a society riddled with violence and intolerance during the Vietnam War. As the tribe in HAIR explores sexual identity, challenges racism, experiments with drugs and burns draft cards, the musical creates a message of hope that continues to resonate with audiences more than 40 years later.

Originally opening in April 1968, HAIR played 1750 performances and ran for more than four years. Clive Barnes, theater critic for The New York Times,  said the musical had the “authentic voice of today rather than the day before yesterday.” The show actually reflected the taste of the young generation at the time with songs that sounded like the popular music being played on the radio.

The critically-acclaimed revival became a theatrical tour de force in its limited engagement in Central Park. Later moving to Broadway, the musical 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.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Joan C. Edwards Box Office, or by calling ext. 6-6656,

HAIR is sponsored by Cabell Huntington Hospital, Reynolds & Associates, Chase Bank, KEE 100, WTCR, Oldies 97.1, WSAZ, Herald Dispatch, Marshall University, MU College of Fine Arts and the Marshall Artists Series.