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HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical at WPPAC

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The Tribe together on stage.
The Tribe together on stage.

If you want to engage in some very exciting time travel or simply ponder about the meaning of life and the exuberance of youth, you really must see “Hair” this weekend at the White Plains Performing Arts Center.

Did you live through the tumultuous sixties as a teen or young adult? Yes? Then, pull out your hippie duds and come on down. Someone might put a flower in your hair.

As said in an email by White Plains resident Renee Cohen, who was at the opening night show on Friday, May 3, “This production of Hair has fantastic soloists, acting, staging, and energy. We highly recommend it.”

While the musical focuses on the lifestyle of young urban hippies and the challenges of young men turning 18, receiving their draft cards and awaiting the result of the draft lottery, the issues of the 1970s still bear meaning today in 2013.

Not only is it evocative to think back and remember, it is also interesting to watch this production’s actors delve deeply into the real-life story and bring it home to present-day reality.

This exuberant rock musical about a group of young Americans searching for truth, peace and love will play again at the downtown White Plains theatre May 10 and 11.

With book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, “Hair” is the story of the Tribe, a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War and features the familiar hit songs “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” and “Let The Sun Shine In.”

Berger, Sheila and Claude.
Berger, Sheila and Claude.

The cast includes Keith Antone, Andrew Betz, Austin Colby, Jessica Crilley, Sheira Feuerstein (“Cecily” in the WPPAC’s recent production of The Importance of Being Earnest), Deidra Grace (“Sofia” in WPPAC’s The Color Purple), Katy Hinson, Kristen Jeter, Peter Marinaro, David Melendez, Sharon Pearlman, Kris Roberts, Marc Sully Saint-Fleur, Tiffany Stoker, Greg Sullivan, and Shaina Vencel.

This production is directed by Jeremy Quinn, WPPAC Producing Artistic Director.

Tickets are $35. Remaining shows are Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m. This musical contains strong language and nudity. Parental discretion is advised.

All performances are at the White Plains theatre, located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains.

To purchase tickets visit the theatre box office, purchase the tickets online at or call 914-328-1600.  For Group Sales call 914-328-1600.

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