BY CHRISTINE DOLEN, cdolen@MiamiHerald.com
When Gerome Ragni, James Rado and Galt MacDermot dreamed up Hair in the late 1960s, they wanted to reflect the truths of hippie culture, provoke thought on an array of social issues and, of course, entertain the paying customers.
Almost 4 1/2 decades later, the joyous, groovy, sobering show is still fulfilling its creators’ intent.
Now at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and bound for the Broward Center next week, the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair serves as a boisterous, in-your-face kickoff to a summer that hopefully will be filled with more peace and love than conflict and hurricanes. As staged by hot director Diane Paulus and choreographer Karole Armitage, Hair is faithful to its concept-musical roots. In other words, the show is more thrilling vintage concert than a piece that bothers with a strong start-to-finish story.
IF YOU GO
What: ‘Hair’ by James Rado, Jerome Ragni and Galt MacDermot
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (extra matinee June 15, no late show June 19)
Where: Through Sunday at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Tuesday-June 19 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale