Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
IT HAS just been announced that the musical, Hair
is extending its limited run by three weeks. It will now close
on October 29, 2005.
Previously Posted: London's Gate Theatre is
staging two American pieces this coming autumn - Hair
(the venue's first-ever musical) and Eugene O'Neill's
The Emperor Jones.
Although the self-styled "American Tribal Love Rock Musical"
which was written for the burgeoning youth movement in 1960s USA,
is usually done on a larger scale (the Gate has just 70 seats),
its first outing was in a 90-seat Off-Broadway theatre.
Since then, it has enjoyed a four-year run on Broadway and more
recently, in 1993, a limited season at London's Old Vic theatre;
while in 1979, it was adapted for film and starred John Savage,
Treat Williams and Beverley D'Angelo.
Set in the late 1960s, Hair
is the story of Claude, a country boy who comes to New York City
from Oklahoma. There, he falls in with a group of Hippies - the
Tribe - led by Berger who's in love with rich girl, Sheila.
All too soon, their free-love and drug-enhanced happiness is
threatened by Claude's Vietnam draft orders.
Hair has book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado,
and music by Galt MacDermot. The score includes Aquarius,
Good Morning Starshine and of course, the title song.
It will run from September 22, 2005 until October 8, 2005, with
previews from September 12.
It will be followed, from November 21 to December 17, 2005, (previews
from November 16), by the rarely- staged The Emperor Jones,
an expressionist piece set against the backdrop of a brewing rebellion
and in which, the disintegration of a mind intoxicated by power
and greed is exposed.
O'Neill's better known plays include Long Day's Journey into
Night, Anna Christie, Strange Interlude, The Iceman Cometh
and Mourning Becomes Electra.
Gate Theatre, Pembridge Road, London, W11.
Tel: 020 7229 0706
Nearest Tube: Notting Hill Gate