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ucjrdude902
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"Hair" At the Hollywood Bowl
Posted: 8/2/14 at 12:26am
Let's hear your thoughts if you go!
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"Hair"
Posted: 8/2/14 at 01:25am
Several photos and rehearsal footage can be found here: https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/hollywood-bowl
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Someone in a Tree2
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"Hair" at the Hollywood Bowl
Posted: 8/2/14 at 03:05am
Just got back from a great night at the Bowl! Huge energy and great polish onstage, and Adam Shankman mounted one of the best musical stagings in the last several years. Standout raves go to Amber Riley and Jenna Ushkowitz, who both made their material fresh and alive, Sarah Hyland as a surprisingly well-cast Chrissy, a stunning turn by Kevin Chamberlain evoking Bert Lahr in his rendition of "My Conviction", plus some superb scenic and lighting choices (you should see what gorgeous video art they project on the Bowl's giant proscenium arch).

Benjamin Walker seemed a might miscast as the Alpha male Berger, but injected great energy into the opening scenes in his damn sexy loincloth (yum). Sorry his pants went back on so soon. Hunter Parrish was not in great voice tonight, (and suffered from a lame-o wig), but came into his own in his final solo on The Flesh Failures once that damn wig was gone. The show's band and choral work were really terrific for the short rehearsal time the Bowl casts get. Did it achieve some of the character-to-character heart-ache and catharsis of the last Broadway revival? Well, no, not by a long shot. But who can expect that from these stagings?

Why haven't I mentioned Kristen Bell? Er.... the less said the better. I'm sorry but that was the BLONDEST rendition of the part we've ever heard. And someone should just point out to her that the song is not called IT'S Easy To Be Hard-- who the hell added that first word to the lyric????

And while we're on the subject of rewrites-- well there's no sugarcoating the fact that the nude scene was cut tonight. Huh??? Made no sense why they'd omit it when the show was clearly for adult sensibilities throughout the rest of the evening anyway.

These small reservations aside, we left exhilarated, and proud that the Bowl can still nail a show like this. Hope those going to the Saturday and Sunday shows get an equally thrilling night!
Updated On: 8/2/14 at 03:05 AM
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g.d.e.l.g.i.
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Re: "Hair" at the Hollywood Bowl
Posted: 8/2/14 at 03:31am
Putting in a preemptive request for the song list tomorrow night!
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lovebwy
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Posted: 8/2/14 at 03:33am
I thought it was a beautiful evening. WAS the nude scene cut? I was up too high to see, and because they blanked out the monitors, I figured at least some of the actors were naked.

I thought Hunter Parish did a great job with Where Do I Go and The Flesh Failures. He made me cry. And he's so f u c k ing hot.

Updated On: 8/2/14 at 03:33 AM
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Posted: 8/2/14 at 03:38am
I thought it was a nice night at the Bowl. But nothing mind blowing . Some it felt like a missed opportunity. Lots of messed up lyrics and some weak performances. Lots of empty seats. Musicals at the Bowl are always a mixed bag.

Updated On: 8/2/14 at 03:38 AM
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Posted: 8/2/14 at 03:47am
I think that the book to Hair is problematic. Those kinds of vaudeville type vignettes- they just don't work anymore because no one gets what they're based on. But many of the songs worked beautifully in that setting, I thought.

I thought White Boys was excellent. Easy to Be Hard was nice. Walking in Space was just beautiful. The music washed over me. Where Do I Go was very moving as was The Flesh Failures and Let the Sunshine In. I was impressed and I thought the choreography was fantastic.

BTW I understand that tonight they only sold 9,000 tickets for last night and tomorrow they sold 17,000, so obviously it will be a much fuller audience tomorrow.

I have a question for people who are familiar with the original Hair. In tonight's performance, the drug they were using before and during Walking in Space was pot. Was it suggested or said outright in the original version that they were using heroin or LSD? I know the original lyric was "Tripping from potsville to mainline" and that was changed tonight to "Tripping from potsville to starline". Frankly, what the song describes sounds much more like an LSD trip or the high from shooting heroin than pot.
justherehanging
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HAIR TONIGHT
Posted: 8/2/14 at 03:56am
I enjoyed the show, never seen any production before nor am I familiar with the show.

Its the hollywood bowl, its such a large venue to do a production, so it is what it is.

If folks were nude, I missed that. Hunter was VERY hot, he had a few good numbers overall and I thought he did a nice job.

Kristen had one really lovely song, when it was just her alone on the stage...I forget the name of it, but I think that was her highlight of the evening.

I enjoyed the company and the energy most of all.

Anyone get any good pics or video? I tried to take some video with my phone, its not the best quality.

Updated On: 8/2/14 at 03:56 AM
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Posted: 8/2/14 at 04:03am
Hunter Parish was achingly beautiful, I have to say.
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Posted: 8/2/14 at 04:19am
And I do believe that at least some of the actors were naked at the end of act one (where they usually are).

I think people who don't know the show expect it to be much more, but it never was for more than a half a minute or so.
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HAIR TONIGHT
Posted: 8/2/14 at 09:54am
Hopefully, more videos will be posted throughout the weekend and on Monday.
justherehanging
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Posted: 8/2/14 at 11:53am
My videos were better, but wish someone had better than mine
Bwaymusicalfan
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Posted: 8/2/14 at 01:17pm
None of the leads were naked, but the rest of the ensemble was very much naked during the act one finale.
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lovebwy
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Posted: 8/2/14 at 01:53pm
Thanks for clearing that up, Bwaymusicalman! I Was just too far back to see, but I figured the cut the monitor feed for a reason.
Hairspray0901
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HAIR TONIGHT
Posted: 8/2/14 at 02:40pm
i was watching an interview with kristen bell and sarah hyland about the nudity, i believe it was posted in another thread. one of them said none of the leads would be getting naked, sarah mentioned for her it was a personal decision - she didn't think it was the right thing to do at this point in her career (or something) - which leads me to believe ABC/Modern Family was a big factor in that and kristen mentioned she isn't because of camera phones, which is understandable. i mean, unlike on broadway where cameras/phones are supposed to be prohibited, the cast didn't exactly have to worry about their nude selfs being posted all over the internet unlike the hollywood bowl.

i so wish i could catch this production!! very jealous of everyone who gets to go!
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Someone in a Tree2
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Posted: 8/2/14 at 03:42pm
"None of the leads were naked, but the rest of the ensemble was very much naked during the act one finale."
Thanks for that heads up. We saw the show last night from section M. We always bring binoculars to the Bowl, even if it's just to see detail on the video screens better. Guess there was too little light to even realize anyone was disrobing during the finale as we had expected. Next time we'll figure out what the abstract designs filling the video screens mean sooner than we did.
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g.d.e.l.g.i.
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HAIR TONIGHT
Posted: 8/2/14 at 04:58pm
Song. List. Please.
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CarlosAlberto
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HAIR TONIGHT
Posted: 8/2/14 at 05:06pm
Just watched the clip of AQUARIUS - - - they are using the movie orchestrations/arrangements instead of the original ones.
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Posted: 8/2/14 at 05:11pm
Not much disrespect intended but reading this thread it strikes me as so stereotypically LA.

'First the Bastille than the butt plug.' -- M ______
FlowerChild67
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HAIR TONIGHT
Posted: 8/2/14 at 05:17pm
lovebwy, it's a joint laced with LSD, I believe.
chrisampm2
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HAIR TONIGHT
Posted: 8/2/14 at 05:32pm
FindingNamo, how is the thread stereotypically LA?
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Someone in a Tree2
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Posted: 8/2/14 at 05:34pm
"Not much disrespect intended but reading this thread it strikes me as so stereotypically LA. "

Ouch, Namo, you've cut us to the quick.

I think we just have healthily low expectations when it comes to theatrical presentations at the Bowl. Forget character development, nuanced shading and surprising dramaturgy here. "Just tell us if anyone fell off the passarelle or took their clothes off." Let's face it, the place is a theme park with 17,000 spectators, which now and then will stumble onto sublime music-making or thrilling stage movement if you're lucky. Last night we got both, plus some hot bodies. Worked for us.
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Posted: 8/2/14 at 05:36pm
Hunter Parrish is not very good (as usual) except for two songs but OMG he is soooooooooooo hot.

The leads didn't go nude because of their TV shows.

Bring your binoculars so you can see the giant TV screen better.

Using the movie orchestrations.

The hot bodies reminded us of our Zumba class!



'First the Bastille than the butt plug.' -- M ______
Updated On: 8/2/14 at 05:36 PM
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lovebwy
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HAIR TONIGHT
Posted: 8/2/14 at 06:43pm
Thanks FlowerChild67!

Unless I missed it that wasn't mentioned last night. It was just a comically oversized joint. Entirely possible that it was mentioned and it went over my head.
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HAIR TONIGHT
Posted: 8/2/14 at 07:04pm
Good god Benjamin Walker looks stunning in that loincloth. I'm still jealous of everyone who got to see him in Les Liaisons.
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