Saturday, February 05, 2011

'When the moon is in the Seventh House...'--Ateneo Blue Repertory presents Hair

“I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy, snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty, greasy, oily, fleecy, shining and gleaming...”

Who knew then that around 50 years ago, people used their hair not to flirt nor to attract, but to protest against vicious wars and fight authoritarian societies?

This is the story of “Hair,” the first-ever great rock musical, created long before “Rent.” “Hair” will be presented by the Ateneo Blue Repertory on February 9-19 at the Rizal Mini Theater, Ateneo de Manila University, as its 19th season finale.

With book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music Galt MacDermot, “Hair” is about a group of friends in the counterculture era of the 1960s who choose to speak out and sing of love, life and freedom. These flower children and hippies protest against the authority of the society they live in through the most organic and dramatic visible element they can find: by growing their hair long, in defiance of regulations.

The production is directed by Jake Macapagal (Repertory Philippines’ “The Fantasticks,” Stages’ “West Side Story” and the Germany and UK runs of “Miss Saigon”). The creative team also includes assistant director Francis Matheu (9Works Theatrical’s “The Wedding Singer”), choreographer Deo dela Cruz (Dulaang UP’s “Orosman at Zafira”), musical director Laura Cabochan (Tanghalang Ateneo’s “Walang Sugat”), and lights designer Joseph Matheu (Eat Bulaga).

Blue Repertory's “Hair” runs February 9-19 at the Rizal Mini Theater, Ateneo de Manila University. For more information, visit the Facebook page (BlueRepertory’s Hair), twitter ( and tumblr (

For tickets, call Luis Marcelo 09175025847.

PLUS: The dawning of the Age of Aquarius, and that opening number choreographed by Twyla Tharp, from the 1979 movie version of Hair, directed by Milos Forman--

And the cast of the recent smash Broadway revival performing the musical's two most well-known numbers--

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