The 1960’s musical ‘Hair’ showcases our front page because it is playing in South Florida this month.
The performance and the cast exude youth and vitality, enthusiasm and innocence. A play worth seeing for its openness about sexuality, it has particular appeal to the gay and lesbian community, because the show challenges authority.
The LGBT community is diverse and crosses many beliefs, but one thing we do have in common is we all have had to buck the tide and stand up to the status quo. We are the love that dared not speak its name. The ‘Tribe’ in the play Hair is a cast of outcasts, from the black president of the United States of Love, to the hippie seeking love from another male. They are a collection of young men and women who dared to be different, who marched to their own drummer.
The storyline is about a young man being drafted to fight a foreign war many people question. The plot includes nudity, drug abusers, single pregnant moms, parental issues, and a wealth of dilemmas young people confronted in the 1960’s. And what we have learned is what was true then is still true today.
There are many straight couples at the performances, ending the night by dancing on stage with the performers, capturing the spirit that was once theirs. There are many songs that the audiences sing along with the cast, because the words have survived four decades. But most of all there is a message in the music that gay and lesbians should never forget.
It is simply that if you stand your ground and there abide, the world will eventually come around to you. If you fight for your rights, they will eventually be won. It is that your life finds meaning and you find courage not by falling into the mainstream and getting accepted by others, but by creating your own stream and finding the path that is best for you. Then you will truly be part of the Age of Aquarius.