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Friday, June 20, 2014

'Hair' next at Chester Theatre Group

It was rejected by countless Broadway producers as “too controversial,” but in 1968, Hair — the American Tribal Love Rock Musical — entered the theatrical pantheon as the show that captured the zeitgeist of the 1960s like no other. Hairtells the story of the “tribe,” a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War.
The Chester Theatre Group’s own interpretation of the hippie-generation classic, set in an abandoned church, opens on Thursday night, July 3rd at 8PM. Featuring an ensemble cast comprised largely of young newcomers (plus a few CTG veterans), Hair runs for 11 performances: July 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, and 20. All Thursday, Friday & Saturday shows are at 8PM while all Sunday performances are 2PM matinees. (No show July 4th.)
The CTG production is helmed by first-time CTG director Alan Van Antwerp with musical direction by Jack Bender and choreography by Megan Ferentinos. Cindy Alexander is the show’s producer. Note: The production will NOT include any nudity.
The book and lyrics are by James Rado and Gerome Ragni set to music by Galt MacDermot.
Tickets are $25 with a $2 discount available for seniors aged 65 and over and students under 18. Tickets can be purchased online on the theater’s web site: or requested by phone by calling the 908-879-7304.
Chester Theatre Group is located at 54 Grove Street in downtown Chester, NJ at the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue. Its theater is a charming, intimate, 100-seat, in-the-round venue that makes for a unique and memorable theatergoing experience for all.

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