Let the Sun Shine In: The Genius of Hair

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"Shining, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen"

In 1967, Hair launched a revolution. It rejected every convention of Broadway, of traditional theatre in general, and of the American musical specifically. It paved the way for the nonlinear concept musicals that dominated American musical theatre innovation thereafter. It also launched the careers of such actors as Diane Keaton, Melba Moore, Tim Curry, Peter ...

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Overview

"Shining, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen"

In 1967, Hair launched a revolution. It rejected every convention of Broadway, of traditional theatre in general, and of the American musical specifically. It paved the way for the nonlinear concept musicals that dominated American musical theatre innovation thereafter. It also launched the careers of such actors as Diane Keaton, Melba Moore, Tim Curry, Peter Gallagher, and Ben Vereen.

"Knotted, polka-dotted, twisted, beaded, braided"

With more regional productions of Hair than ever before, Scott Miller gives us an incisive and fascinating analysis of the show. He looks at its place in theatre and cultural history, and its impact on recent musicals, including Rent. What's more, he delves into the mystical power Hair has over performers and viewers alike and its ability to literally change lives today--including his. Just ten days shy of the terrorist attacks in September 2001, Miller's theatre company had wrapped up their second production of Hair. The show profoundly shaped their reaction to those events, committing them to the belief in the goodness of people in general and of Americans in specific and in the connectedness we all share. And, as he reports, the same profound feelings have been true of others performing this piece.

"Bangled, tangled, spangled, and spaghettied!"

Whether you're a fan wanting to relive the time that extolled peace, love, and understanding--and sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll! - or a theatre professional needing insightful analysis for a production, read Scott Miller and know the true genius of Hair.

"Let the sun shine, let the sun shine in, the sun shine in."

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The bold and innovative musical Hair opened off-Broadway at the Public Theatre in October 1967, and the rest is history. Since its move to Broadway in April 1968, Hair has continued to be performed all over the world by theater troupes ranging from high school to professional. Miller, artistic director of St. Louis's New Line Theatre, believes passionately in the significance and power of musical theater. Three of his previous books, From Assassins to West Side Story, Deconstructing Harold Hill, and Rebels with Applause, offer intelligent and detailed analyses of landmark musicals. Miller's productions of Hair for New Line in 2000-01 led him to write this definitive study, which explains why the show continues to have such a big impact on its audiences and casts. As he points out, scenes of brief nudity and the use of strong language are no longer novelties in the theater world, but the major issues of the late 1960s dealt with in Hair, such as sex, drugs, rock'n'roll, war and peace, race relations, and the environment, are still with us in 2003. Recommended for all theater arts collections.-Howard Miller, Rosary H.S., St. Louis Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325005560
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 6/12/2003
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Miller is the founder and artistic director of New Line Theatre, an alternative musical theatre company in St. Louis. He holds a degree in music and musical theatre from Harvard University, and he has been writing, performing in, and directing musicals since 1981. He has written four books on musical theatre for Heinemann, including Let the Sun Shine In (2003), Rebels with Applause (2001), Deconstructing Harold Hill (2000), and From Assassins to West Side Story (1996).
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