The negative comments on here almost put me off going and im so glad i still went because it is without a doubt the most uplifting peice of theatre and art (yes it is art despite what others may think) i have seen in years. the peice really moved me much more than i expected it is a simple show with simple yet strong meaning. the cast were fantastic and i really felt for the characters. the show does not require scene changes or a fancy set etc.. it is a peice which works well on its own. i will certainly be going back before the show ends its run and reccomend it to anyone absolutely fantastic and i thoroughly enjoyed the ending with everyone being involved i loved it. absolutely amazing. - Joshua Luke
30 Jul 10
Not very good as it suffers terribly from the X FACTOR style of murdering every number with tuneless over exaggeration. All the subtleties of the original have been lost. Yes there were plenty, just listen to the old recordings.
Other comments miss the point. This show NEVER had a set but set the standard for all the shows that have copied it, RENT, CHICAGO, SPRING AWAKENING, AMERICAN IDIOT etc.
I sorely missed some of the old jokes like the giant (Supremes) expanding dress for the three girls in the white boys number.
The Americans in the cast were pretty good.
29 May 10
Completey agree with Dave Woolrich. We must have been a row in front of you him at the same performance.What was the story?What was that about?The cast worked very hard and were all excellent but I just do not get it.I also agree with Gareth James' comment, this is nostalgia and belongs in a museum not top West End prices.Something like the Edinborough Fringe would do for this.Usually one is willing to accept the somewhat dubious content and material for the sake of "art", but there is no art in this, just blatant rebeliousness which never did anyone any good.If you wish to pay top whack for a performance about middle class drop-outs, who choose not to work as they are funded by their well-meaning parents, basically layabouts who, in our day and age would be claiming benefit, then go and see this, otherwise, avoid like the plague.This musical depicts a lifestyle that other who WORK have to fund.Like I said, I was fully willing to accept the content, IF it had been a proper piece of musical theatre. Hats off to Lord Webber for LOVE NEVER DIES, now that is what I'm talking about-the REAL deal. - steve beckford
28 May 10
Hated, hated, hated it, every minute!
Fears grew when the curtain went up and the band was on stage. Another Chicago I thought.
In stalls row O.
No scenery changes. Might as well as put the CD on at home.
Amazing cast with such talent but wasted on this trash.
Audience participation..... pathetic, if I'd have wanted a pantomine for my £67.00 I would have gone to one.
A standing ovation??? Judging by the age of the audience they were a load of burnt out old hippes. I see the effects of drug use daily in my work and to glamorise it is disgusting. Saw the film so knew what to expect but NOT a floor show.
Complete waste of my hard earned cash. - Dave Woolrich
27 May 10
Dated and not a patch on the original. Only go if you get a free ticket like we did. - Ils
21 May 10
Awesome show! Try to go when Sasha Allen is performing. Phyre Hawkins cannot even begin to compare to Sasha. Her voice isn't nearly as strong. - Steve
11 May 10
This is like time travelling back 43 years. The first ever alternative rock musical has become a £65-a-go ride in the new hippie theme park! At least Daniel Kramer’s revival at the tiny Gate Theatre a few years back retained some sense of ‘alternative’ (though it has to be said this lot are easier on the eye – that’s the fringe for you!). The anti-war message could and should mean something in these war-torn times, but is about as sincere as businesses going green because its cheaper. This virtually plotless show has four songs which have now become standards (boy, doesn’t Good Morning Starshine sound twee?!) and another 2 hours of unmemorable undistinguished blandness. It only came alive briefly in the second act during the extended anti-war sequence, but the only purpose this show serves in 2010 is its part in the history of musical theatre. Having said that, the staging is good (though I could have done with less ventures into the audience, which I’m sure went down a storm on Broadway but work less well with a more inhibited West End audience) and the musical standards are outstanding. I can’t comment on Will Swenson’s Berger because I got his rather weak understudy, but the rest of the leads were very good, particularly Gavin Creel’s Claude. Go if you’re ‘collecting’ musicals or fancy an evening in one room of the museum of musical theatre, but please don’t expect anything ground-breaking, challenging, relevant or for that matter particularly entertaining. Like all museum exhibits, you look at them and learn but that’s about it. - Gareth James
07 May 10
A dazzlingly good night out. Such energy and passion from an extraordinary cast. I defy anyone not to be moved by the end of the show. - Mark
04 May 10
Interesting to revisit the 1967 world of the Vietnam war, LBJ, pot smoking and sexual liberation. The famous tunes are great, and even the not so well known ones are pretty good, partly due to the talented and harmonious cast, but also the atmospheric band. The sheer energy sweeps you up in its enthusiasm. - kilburncat
29 Apr 10
Saw the original 40 years ago! But this is as good. I might be a tad more cynical now but this production still has the power to evoke 1960's dreams. - kevin
19 Apr 10
Just superb, saw it a week ago today! Loved it more than I thought I would!
Fantastic! - Jc
19 Apr 10
Excellent production. We had the understudy on for Dionne(Phyre Hawkins) and I didn't even realize until the end when I opened my program. The whole production was sensational. - Sam
18 Apr 10
Since seeing this show on Monday (12/4) I've walked around with a huge grin on my face! Really uplifting, superbly energetic and well worth a visit - I want to go again! - Soph
16 Apr 10
Fantastic, wonderful, cast good,ignore the critic who only like what they term normal theatre,go see for yourself. - Ray
15 Apr 10
such a groovey production. one of the most fun and intelligent nights in london!! - john
15 Apr 10
I have been twice now and each time it just blow mw away! Brilliant music, BRILLIANT cast and brilliant message! Everyone should go and see this show! - Rebecca
15 Apr 10
This is a beautiful, enthralling production of an iconic musical. The Broadway company are jaw-droppingly good, and will prove a hard act to follow, with Will Swenson, Gavin Creel and Caisse Levy particularly standing out. Despite the waves of joy that frequently surge through the house I defy anybody to watch the extraordinary finale with at least a lump in the throat. Unmissable and downright sensational. - Alun
15 Apr 10
I think to give this show three stars is really mean.The cast have superb voices, the energy is amazing and the vibe is the best I have got from a west end show. My daughters aged 15 and 17 were blown away by it. This is quite simply a wonderful show - go and see it if you can... - Smithsonian
11 Apr 10
Just back from the opening preview of Hair at the Gielgud Theatre. Must say I was impressed. I think this show wouldn't have worked with a UK cast but having the award winning Broadway cast over here was really quite a coup. This musical won't be for everyone, though the audience tonight went wild. The performance from the ensemble cast was excellent. Everyone put 110% into the production. Cameron Mackintosh was in the theatre eyeing over his investment. There is a some audience participation, and I won't give the finale away but it was quite original. Go see it with a open mind and enjoy the trippyness of the music and experience.
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