Wild, wavy ‘Hair’ comes to San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre 

click to enlarge From left, Lawrence Stallings, Steel Burkhardt and Matt DeAngelis appear in the national tour of “Hair” opening this week at the Golden Gate Theatre. (Courtesy photo) - FROM LEFT, LAWRENCE STALLINGS, STEEL BURKHARDT AND MATT DEANGELIS APPEAR IN THE NATIONAL TOUR OF “HAIR” OPENING THIS WEEK AT THE GOLDEN GATE THEATRE. (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • From left, Lawrence Stallings, Steel Burkhardt and Matt DeAngelis appear in the national tour of “Hair” opening this week at the Golden Gate Theatre. (Courtesy photo)
  • From left, Lawrence Stallings, Steel Burkhardt and Matt DeAngelis appear in the national tour of “Hair” opening this week at the Golden Gate Theatre. (Courtesy photo)

The moon must have roamed through the Seventh House countless times since the 1960s — no word yet on whether Jupiter officially aligned with Mars — but if there’s one thing everybody still seems to be waiting for, it’s the “peace” and “love” to steer the stars.

Which makes the arrival of “Hair” this week at the Golden Gate Theatre both fitting and timely, what with an onslaught of nonbullying campaigns and the Occupy Wall Street brouhaha grabbing headlines.

The famed Broadway musical, which boasted such memorable hits as “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Good Morning Starshine,” “Hair” and “Aquarius,” managed to withstand the test of time since it stormed Broadway back in the ’60s. Its recent revival generated a Tony in 2009.

Steel Burkhardt, who merged into the iconic role of Berger for the reboot, says the show hasn’t lost its spunk.

Frankly, he believes it’s added some.

“There’s a lot of energy to it,” he says. “There’s a late-’80s, early-’90s punk rock energy to it. It’s a lot different from the show that it once was, but it hasn’t lost any of its message.”

Follicle virgins, follow along …

A group of politically active, longhaired East Coast hippies aren’t too jazzed about the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War — or the war itself for that matter. Roomies Berger, Claude and Sheila embrace their inner activists, freely taking on the sexual revolution and war rebellion.

But it’s Claude (Paris Remillard) who is forced to decide if he should resist the draft as his friends have done, or buckle under the pressure of his conservative parents.

There’s plenty of musical revelry in between and a fair amount of breaking down of the fourth wall.

“It can be challenging,” Burkhardt admits of playing Berger, perhaps one of the most frenetic roles in the show.

“You’re constantly running around, constantly engaging people, constantly trying to be in the moment, which is what the show wants people to do — just be in the moment.”

Directed by Diane Paulus, “Hair” isn’t short on inspiration.

“For people who were really involved in the ’60s, it’s nostalgic,” Burkhardt adds. “They know — probably too much — about the time but they come to me and say, ‘Oh man, I was there, I went to the march in D.C.’ They tell you all these different things. Then you get people who love music and have never imagined seeing it. They love it for the energy. It makes them want to get involved.”

 

IF YOU GO

Hair

Where: Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., San Francisco
When: 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; closes Nov. 20
Tickets: $31 to $95
Contact: (888) 746-1799 or www.shnsf.com

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