Boomers will remember “Hair,” the musical that shocked Broadway with some nudity and an anti-war message.
A regional theater company starts a revival run with six shows July 26 through Aug. 4.
Lightning Bolt Productions’ sixth Broadway show is in West Boca High’s theater at 12811 Glades Road. Tickets are $35 or $20 for seniors and students with IDs. Call 561-886-8286 or just show up.
“Due to mature scenes, situations, language, and some nudity, this show is recommended for mature audiences only,” is the company’s disclaimer.
The hit show started off-Broadway in ’67 and opened at the Biltmore Theatre on April 29, 1968. The movie came out in 1979.
The musical “tells the story of the ‘tribe, a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the ‘Age of Aquarius.’ They live a bohemian life in New York and fight against conscription into the Vietnam War,” said Jessie Hoffman, founder, director and artistic director. She plays Jeanie.
The show has a cast of 20, and Hoffman thinks the message has staying power.
“As the daughter of a man who served this country during the very war this show references, I really wanted to tell this story,”she said. “Somehow, everything has changed since then, and yet nothing has changed…The material will resonate… just as much as it did when the show first opened.”
Lightning Bolt is a regional theater company, and the actors have local theater credits ranging from “West Side Story” to “Cats.” Jeffery Cason Jr., who plays Hud, received a Silver Palm Award and Carbonell nomination as choreographer and principal dancer in “Memphis The Musical.”
“These are only some of the many credits these actors have under their belt,” Hoffman said. “We offer opportunities for talented younger actors who might only be considered for ensemble roles elsewhere. So they can build up their resume.”
Lightning Bolt has done five shows: “The Addams Family,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Into The Woods,” “Little Shop Of Horrors” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
“We have been fortunate enough to call West Boca Performing Arts Center our home for nearly all of those shows,” Hoffman said, praising the staff’s professionalism. “We’re truly honored…to perform on a stage where so many other fantastic theater companies got their start.”
Slow Burn Theatre Co. opened in February 2010 in the West Boca High venue. The professional company moved to the Broward Center of the Performing Arts in the fall of 2015.
“We do our best to bring Broadway to Boca Raton,” Hoffman said. “Our shows have always resulted in positive reviews, and positive responses from our audiences. We not only bring talent to the stage, but we bring heart and connection as well.”