Hippie Fest in Ohio Presages HAIR Revival
You can feel it in the air. The upcoming Central Park revival of HAIR has all the buzz that comes before a transfer to Broadway. The show is timely, overdue for a revival, stars some talented artists (including Spring Awakening’s Jonathan Groff), and seems a perfect fit both for The Public Theatre’s Central Park free run this summer, and a run this season on Broadway as well. One never knows, but as evidence that something special is in the air, Comfest is about to begin and the age-old Ohio Hippie festival is right in tune with the Hair revival. To quote from the Comfest website:
“The first ComFest took shape when a handful of political hippies who had already formed, among other things, a free medical clinic, a food co-op, a tenants union and an alternative newspaper, pulled off a big street party at the convergence of East 16th and Waldeck Avenues in the OSU area. OK, it was a couple of street barricades, a bunch of card tables staffed by service groups, a few children’s activities, four beer taps, some great local bands, and regular and high-test brownies at the Yippie table.”
Today, Comfest is full-blown event. Those who can’t wait for the HAIR run this summer, for free in Central Park, can hitch a ride to Ohio and “maintain the mellow” at Comfest. HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK MUSICAL begins in Central Park July 22 through August 31. Photo of Spring Awakening by Joan Marcus.
-Broadway Magazine, www.Broadway.tv