Street Theatre Company has made a strong impression on the Nashville theater scene since its 2004 founding. One of the many reasons for that is its stellar “In Concert” series of musical offerings. The momentous and still-relevant Hair is the sixth production in that series, and it runs Dec. 4-8 at the troupe’s 1933 Elm Hill Pike home just off Briley Parkway.
After its great initial success on Broadway (1,750 performances from 1968-1972), Hair was revived and won the 2009 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. The definitive Rock Musical, it tells the story of a politically active group of hippies living in NYC and protesting the Vietnam War. Though a product of the 1960s, its exploration of such themes as race, religion, and sexuality is timeless.
“Fresh, frank, and unassuming” (The New York Times), the production features all of the musical’s songs and dialogue delivered in the stylized “In Concert” manner that’s become one of STC’s most popular innovations. A large cast features Russ Evers, Ryan Greenawalt, LaDarra Jackel, Justin Boyd and Piper Jones along with other talented actors/singers.
This production has the theatrical equivalent of an “R” film rating because of strong themes and explicit language.
The show is directed by Executive Artistic Director Cathy Street with musical direction by Rollie Mains. Street Theatre Company is supported by Metro Nashville Arts Commission and Tennessee Arts Commission. Hair in Concert performances December 4-8 are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. For specific events, more information and to purchase tickets, call (615) 554-7414 or visit www.streettheatrecompany.org.
*Photos by Heavenly Perspective Photography of (first photo) [Back row, l to r] LaDarra Jackal, Russ Evers, Justin Boyd [Front row, l to r] Nae Callihan, Piper Jones and (second photo) [l to r] Nae Callihan, LaDarra Jackal, Russ Evers, Justin Boyd, Piper Jones courtesy Street Theatre Company.