Footlighters Theater Presents HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical

by Patricia Bradford

BERWYN, PA – HAIR is the original rock musical! With book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, the iconic production won a Grammy for Best Score from an Original Cast Album in 1969, then 40 years later its 2009 revival won both the Tony and the Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

HAIR tells the story of Vietnam-era youths in New York City’s East Village who band together as a Tribe. They are a New York contingent of flower children. They question authority and the society in which they live, as well as the war in Asia. They seek to find a new way, they yearn to change the world. The Tribe awkwardly but exuberantly creates their own rites of passage through the confusion around them. With themes of alienation and civil disobedience, HAIR illustrates the ’60s generation’s search for meaning through various “be-ins,” “love-ins” and protests.

HAIR’s world debut was Off-Broadway in New York City in October 1967, on the heels of the Summer of Love. One of the first shows to move from off- to on-Broadway and the first show with a truly integrated cast, HAIR sent many of its songs to popular radio where they became Top 10 hits. While the show continued to be popular in theatrical forums over the years, 40 years later, it returned to Broadway, prompting Time magazine to write: “Hair… has been reinvigorated and reclaimed as one of the great milestones in musical-theatre history. … Today Hair seems, if anything, more daring than ever.”

Come, break out your love beads and let the Sun Shine In! Join the latest generation of flower children for a 2017 Be-In at Footlighters Theater this September. Opening Night is Friday, September 8th; the show runs for four weekends (8:00pm Friday & Saturday nights, 2:00pm on Sundays). Tickets are available NOW at
Directed by Danielle Lachall with Music Direction by Marie Anderson Pautler and Choreography by Katrina Brown, HAIR opens Friday, September 8th at 8:00pm with additional shows Saturday, September 9th at 8:00pm and Sunday, September 10th at 2:00pm. The production returns to run for three additional weekends through Saturday, September 30th. Tickets are just $18 per person (due to adult content, HAIR is not recommended for children). Group discounts are available for parties of 15 or more. Tickets are available in advance (recommended to insure your seat) at or at the door.

The theater is located at 58 Main Avenue in Berwyn, PA 19312, just two blocks from the Berwyn Train station (Paoli/Thorndale line). On-street parking is available, and patrons also have access to the church parking lot across the street. An assortment of excellent restaurants are within walking distance of the theater.

Footlighters Theatre is the Main Line’s oldest community theater providing premier theater arts productions for the region. We produce a six show season of plays including two musicals in an intimate 110-seat historical converted church that dates back to 1888. We are committed to both producing outstanding productions and the education of our community in the theatrical arts. We are a 501c3 non-profit entity and welcome individual donations and corporate partnerships by those persons and companies that wish to promote arts in our community. Founded in 1929, we celebrate our 89th season in 2017-18. Tickets for review purposes available upon request.

PRESS CONTACT: Sue Scott (610) 676-1753 |;

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