“Hair,” the Musical, Comes To Chicago Street Theatre “Rock”tober

October 13- 29 Audiences can celebrate “Rocktober” and expect to do a little time traveling back to the 60’s as Chicago Street Theatre honors the 50th Anniversary of the rock musical HAIR. While this is a departure from the theatre group’s usual Halloween fare, the group is excited to bring one of Broadway’s most celebrated productions to its stage.
  HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical debuted  Off-Broadway in 1967 and the production soon made its way to Broadway the following year. With music by Galt McDermot and book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, the show broke new ground in creating the “rock musical” genre. The show’s soundtrack provided top 40 hits for music groups like The Cowsills and The Fifth Dimension and paved the way for other beloved Broadway musicals. Although the show has earned some controversy through the years for its use of nudity, depiction of illegal drugs on stage and irreverence toward the flag, the musical has gathered praise worldwide and in 2009 earned the Tony for Best Revival. 

     Chicago Street Theatre has gained a reputation for taking risks with its productions and so they and director, Bob Cooley decided that it would be okay to take a break from their usual October Halloween production to present HAIR for the show’s Golden Anniversary. In addition to celebrating the musical’s anniversary, both the theatre and director felt that it was important in today’s political climate to share HAIR‘s timeless and relevant message about identity, community, global responsibility and peace.

     HAIR tells the story of the “tribe”, a group of politically active, counterculture, hippies living in New York in the late 60’s. Together this free spirited group of bohemians explore the sexual revolution, celebrate diversity and rail against the the the drafting of young people into the Viet Nam War. Claude, his friend Berger, room mate, Sheila and the other members of The Tribe struggle to balance their  lives and find their identity in an era of blossoming Civil Rights, rebellion against war, and societal restrictions from the government and their conservative parents.

      Many of us grew up listening to the soundtrack with songs like “Hair”, “Aquarius”, “Good Morning Starshine,” and “Let the Sun Shine.” Chicago Street hopes that audiences will be thrilled to hear these favorites since it’s been a while since a local theatre group has tackled the music.

     Cooley’s dynamic cast of young performers from all over Northwest Indiana features the talents of: Caroline Rau (Munster) as The Earth Mother; Matt Kiley (Portage) as Burger; Michael Ohm (Valparaiso) as Claude; Samantha Sangerman (Miller) as Sheila; Ellie Bezotte (Valparaiso) as Jeannie; Brandon King (Portage) as Hud; Nate Hendrichs (Valparaiso) as Woof; Arlene Henry (Valparaiso) as Chrissy; Jen Hernandez (Valparaiso) as Dionne; Craig Nordstrom (Beverly Shores) as Dad, General, and others; and Jennifer Stevens (Portage) as Mom and others. Making up the show’s Tribe are: Brandon Berk (Shererville); Tracy Berningham (Portage); Andrea Bertch (Valparaiso); Aaron Capello (St. John); De’Juan “Ozzie” McDuell (Valparaiso); Choreographer, Trisha Yvonne Sabocik (Hobart); and Nathaniel Wasko (Valparaiso).

     The regular run of HAIR will continue October 14 through 29 with 10 performances. Tickets are $20 for Adults, and $17 for Students, Seniors, Military, and groups of ten or more. VIP seating accommodating four persons per show on the front row Couches are $30 per person. Purchases for all shows can be done through the CST Box Office at 219-464-1636 X1 or online at ChicagoStreet.org. Box Office hours are Noon to 4 PM, Tuesdays through Saturday and two hours prior to showtimes. The schedule of performance times is available online and by calling the Box Office.

     The group’s popular Thursday Talkback will take place on October 19 and will be the first in CST’s new 7:30 Thursday program with the show beginning a half hour earlier.

   In addition to the show, CST will also host its 6th Annual Halloween Party with Special Guest, Me-TV’s Svengoolie on Friday, October 13.  The 21 & Up fundraising party with food, cash bar, costume contest, and meet and greet/photo op with Rich Koz supports various projects the theatre has going on throughout 2017/2018. At press time there were some tickets available for the annual fundraising event that will take place for one night only on Friday, October 13 starting at 6:30 PM with the presentation of HAIR starting at 8 PM. Tickets to this generally SOLD-OUT event are $40 per person and includes complimentary appetizers, desserts, meet and greet, and the show.

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