One of the best things about working at a public library is coming across random jewels that I wouldn't intentionally seek out. Case in point, I recently rediscovered a new Broadway recording of the defining rock musical "Hair." The last time I listened to "Hair" was probably in my childhood living room spinning my father's vinyl copy. Although I was used to the 1968 original Broadway recording, I quickly fell into groovy love with the 2009 Broadway recording. It's a joy to rediscover the funky hooks of "Donna" and "Ain't Got No" as well as the celestial incantations of "Aquarius" and the mournful, yet jubilant cries of "Let the Sun Shine In."
And their great songs to sing really loud along to with hair brush in hand (presuming that no one else is home).
It is gratifying to discover that paramount issues from another era strike a relevant cord for our modern age as well. "Hair" deals with the turbulent times of the late 1960s when issues like protesting the Viet Nam War, racial integration as well as young people coming to terms with their place in the world reigned supreme.
The show premiered in October 1967 off-Broadway and then opened on Broadway in 1968, running for 1,750 performances. There is a current revival of "Hair." It is traveling throughout the United States and Canada. The show has seen performances throughout the world and it is easier to cite the countries it has not appeared in than the countries it has (not performed in China, Vietnam, the Arctic and Antarctic continents as well as most African countries).
--Erin C., Mid-County Branch