‘Let the sunshine in’
When “Hair” debuted off-Broadway in 1967, it was a musical that attempted to capture the social unrest of youth culture struggling to find its place in American society. Almost 45 years later, it serves much the same purpose. While the youth culture of 2011 might not be decked out in tie-dye and beads, the sexual, religious, and political issues that existed around the Summer of Love still make headlines today.
The mix of those issues and iconic music is what drew in Josh Lamon, a former synagogue theater kid from San Diego. Playing Father in the PNC Broadway Across America tour of “Hair,” Lamon is performing in Pittsburgh this week at Heinz Hall. He answered some questions from the road last week about the importance of “Hair,” his first show and social revolution.
(Read Justin’s story on the Style page of this week’s Chronicle.)