Tuesday June 9, 2009
Congratulations Hair! The groovy Broadway show was honored as the best musical revival at Sunday night's Tony Awards.
A few weeks ago, I saw the cast perform at a Midtown rally for marriage equality. (Aging radical me mostly went to boo arrogant Mayor Bloomberg—which was very satisfying.)
The young cast members—They looked like they were 16-years old!—were adorable and did a great job of conveying the wild exhuberence of the 1960s.
But perhaps my fondest Hair memory goes back to Wigstock 1993 when Misstress Formika wowed the crowd gathered at Tompkins Square Park with her spirited lip-synch of "Age of Aquarius."
Two years later, her performance was immortalized in the documentary Wigtock The Movie.
The song's hopeful lyrics—"harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding"—as interpreted by my fierce and ferocious friend Formika makes for a performance for the ages!
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