It is certainly ironic that at opening night of Age of Aquarius: The Music of Hair, I saw more bare bottoms — of faces — than I have seen in person since the pandemic shut down the world. The Duluth Playhouse’s second mini-season offering at the NorShor Theatre saw more audience members wearing tie-dyed shirts than wearing masks.
When Hair exploded on Broadway, several songs from the show were at the top of the pop charts. When “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)” was No. 1 for The 5th Dimension, “Good Morning Sunshine” was No. 3 for Oliver. Three Dog Night hit No. 4 with “Easy to Be Hard,” and the Cowsills made it to No. 2 with their sanitized version of “Hair.”
Consequently, Hair in concert has a big advantage over any non-jukebox musical you can name. Five singers delivered on the familiar songs and several times captured the spirit and power of the show itself.
After Quinn Lorez leads the Company in the opening “Aquarius,” the first third of the show has a bunch of songs I usually forget are in Hair. (Several songs I do remember would just not be appropriate for this concert version.) Moments that stood out were Brandon A. Jackson finishing off “Dead End” with a big note and Haley Methner’s “Frank Mills” making us smile.
COME LET THE SUNSHINE IN WITH THE MUSIC OF ‘HAIR’
- Performance Dates: June 11, 12 & 13
- Performance Times: Friday & Saturday @ 7:30pm | Sunday @ 2pm
- Performance Location: NorShor Theatre, 211 E Superior St, Duluth MN 55802
- $35 – Main Floor & Lower Balcony
- $30 – Upper Balcony
- Additional fees will apply
- To Purchase: Go online at duluthplayhouse.org or call 218.733.7555 (M-F, 10am-2pm)
- Featuring Brandon A. Jackson, Quinn Lorez, Haley Methner, Shad Olsen & Andy Roemhildt