HATTIESBURG -- University of Southern Mississippi
Department of Theatre and Dance will present Hair: The American
Tribal Love-Rock Musical Nov. 10-20 at the Martha R. Tatum Theatre.
Written by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, with music by Galt
MacDermot, Hair is the birthplace of many songs popular in the
60s, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sunshine In,” “Good Morning
Starshine” and the title song “Hair.”
One of the first “rock musicals” of the time and plagued by
a string of controversy, the show follows “The Tribe,” a group
of politically active, long-haired hippies opposed to the Vietnam
War. Among them is Claude, a young man who has received his
Director Larry Mullican, professor of theater at Southern Miss,
sees the production as an opportunity for him to share his vision
of this important piece of American culture with a younger generation.
“Hair changed the face of American musical theater,” Mullican
said. Audiences may expect to be thrown back into the turbulence
of the late 60s but will enjoy the unforgettable music of the
time featuring the show’s 40-plus musical numbers and challenging
“Hair is a story that brings America back to what’s really
important: love, peace and respect for humanity,” said Lauren
Turner, a first-year graduate student from Wake Forest, N.C.
“Doing this show has reminded me that we all want to feel accepted
and valued as human beings.”
Hair contains strong language and is recommended for mature
The Southern Miss production runs at 7:30 p.m. nightly, Nov.
10-12 and 16-18. Special football game weekend matinees are
scheduled at 1 p.m. on Nov. 19 and at 4 p.m. on Nov. 20. Tickets
are $12 for adults, $10 for Southern Miss faculty and staff,
senior citizens and military, and $6 for students. Order tickets
online at www.usm.edu/tickets or call the Southern Miss Ticket
Office at (601) 266-5418 or (800) 844-8425.
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