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U of T’s Hart House Lets the Sunshine In

Written by  Dennis Kucherawy
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Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Pioneering Rock Musical “Hair”

With All New Production

Begins January 18th – runs until Feb. 2nd

By Dennis Kucherawy

“Aquarius,” “Let the Sunshine In,”  “Good Morning, Starshine” and the title song are just a few of the musical classics that will rock University of Toronto’s Hart House Theatre when “Hair” once again comes alive in all of its peace and “summer of love” glory.


With a popular score by recently deceased Canadian composer Galt MacDermot, and book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, “Hair” is an energetic, life-loving depiction of a tribe of “freedom loving hippies and their confrontation with the realities of war and President LBJ’s government hell-bent on conflict.  As the press release says, “They become even more committed to their ideals of freedom, liberty from social shackles and the space through individual expression.”

Julie Tomaino, a former New York Radio City Rockette and award-winning choreographer who has directed musicals in major theatres across Canada, will direct in her Hart House debut. When asked why stage “Hair” now, she replies “What a time to `Hair!’  There is still so much political unrest in the U.S. and the world for that matter… 50 years after this show was written!

“This musical was ground-breaking when it first appeared on Broadway in 1968.  Today’s issues are wildly different than those surrounding the Vietnam War, however the way young people are standing up to the government, challenging the `establishment,’ and fighting for what they believe in, is eerily similar.  Perhaps what we have learned over time is how to be better informed, well-spoken and intelligent in our resistance.  But need for resistance has not changed. In fact, in some ways there is a greater need for resistance right now than ever before.  `Hair’ screams `take a look at how you’re treating your fellow humans, the earth, the air we breathe and the almighty dollar.’

“`Hair,’ you will find, is indeed as relevant today as it was 50 years go. The songs are timeless (and there are a lot of them!), the fun, playful spirit of the show remains a pillar against the darker, more serious undertones, the imagery is magical and sometimes disturbing.  `Hair’ will make you feel good, until it makes you think. `Hair’ will make you take a look at the world we’re living in today and ask ourselves if we can do better.”

For more information about Hart House’s “Hair,” especially its cast and creative team, please visit harthousetheatre.ca.


Visit Song & Script for “Hair’s” vocal selections songbook and the original CD Broadway cast recording.  Other versions are also available on order.

Showtimes and Talkbacks

Onstage:    Jan. 18 – Feb. 2, 2019

Week 1:     Fri. & Sat. -         8 p.m.

Week 2:     Wed. to Sat. 8 p.m.

Week 3:     Wed. to Sat. 8 p.m. and Sat. 2 p.m.

Postshow Talkbacks:     Sat. Jan 19th and Thurs. Jan. 24th

Preshow Artist Chat:     Sat., Feb. 2nd at 1 p.m.

Warning: “Hair” contains coarse language, mature themes, sexual scenes and nudity.


Single Ticket Prices:

Adults:       $28

Seniors:     $17

Students:   $15

$12 Student tickets every Wednesday night

Box Office


Tickets.harthouse. ca

By Dennis Kucherawy

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