[img]http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.20.3/98599?ns=guardian&pageName=The+Guardian%27s+1968+review+of+Hair%3AArticle%3A1306438&ch=Stage&c3=Guardian&c4=Musicals+%28Stage%29%2CStage%2CWest+End%2CTheatre%2CBroadway&c6=Philip+Hope-Wallace&c7=09-Nov-18&c8=1306438&c9=Article&c10=Feature&c11=Stage&c13=Shortcuts+%28series%29&c25=&c30=content&h2=GU%2FStage%2FMusicals[/img]The musical Hair is to return to the West End stage next year. Here is an extract from Philip Hope-Wallace's Guardian review of the original 1968 production
The Shaftesbury Theatre last night treated us to the American tribal love-rock musical (not hippy, please) named Hair. This has for the climax of the first act finale a subliminal but quite effective tableau of nudes, frontal female and male . . . I can well imagine some scandalised reactions, but possibly more to the blasphemy (conventional), rude words (the usual), and even perhaps to the general anti-Americanism of what is plotless, but not quite witless and manifestly high spirited, even if in a rather boringly exhibitionist anti-authoritarian manner . . . It is funny, and even charming at times. Much play is made with dashing about the auditorium, with wandering flower people hobnobbing with those in aisle seats. It is all a good deal less awful than it sounds but will probably find its own proper audience, if that is the right adjective.
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