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New London production of musical "Hair" given a little re-style to fit the age of Trump

2017年 10月 12日 Thursday - 02:25

Popular musical ''Hair'' celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with a Trump-influenced relaunch in London. Jane Witherspoon reports

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A special production of the 1960s rock musical "Hair" is getting it's very own comb over! The London show has been tweaked for the age of Trump, to mark the show's 50th anniversary. Among the updates, characters sing about making "America stronger," - a reference to U.S. President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan. SOUNDBITE (English) DIRECTOR, JONATHAN O'BOYLE, SAYING: "There's a lot of stuff in the show that is still really pertinent. Women's equality, LGBTQ rights, Black Lives Matter, environmental issues, nuclear power, nuclear war, all those things that sadly are happening or still continuing to happen in America today 50 years later. So it makes me quite sad and mad that you know, a country and a society hasn't necessarily learned or moved forward as quickly as we'd hope." "Hair" follows the fortunes of The Tribe - a group of hippies fighting conscription into the Vietnam war in 1960s New York. Controversial on it's first release for its full-frontal nudity, liberal depiction of drug taking and irreverent treatment of the American flag, the show had lengthy runs on Broadway and on London's West End. Songs like "Aquarius" and "Good Morning Starshine" helped the original Broadway cast recording sell almost three million copies. SOUNDBITE (English) ACTOR, ANDY COXON, SAYING: "You'd be very surprised when you watch it how poignant it still is today. With everything that's going on in the news and around the world, it still matters today. Everything that hippies were fighting for then, is still needing to be fought for today. You'd be surprised how much things haven't changed. A lot has, but we still have a way to go." The 50th anniversary production of "Hair" opens on October 17 and runs until January 13, 2018.

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New London production of musical "Hair" given a little re-style to fit the age of Trump

2017年 10月 12日 Thursday - 02:25