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REVIEW: Hair The Musical, Interlude@UEA

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It was an emotional night for many of the audience – we were back watching live theatre for the first time in more than six months.

OK, so we weren’t in the comfort of the Theatre Royal Norwich, rather a well ventilated and somewhat chilly tent in the grounds of the University of East Anglia up the road, but it was a joy to soak up this Arlene Phillips version of the counterculture 1960s musical Hair.

At the time it was shocking - with nudity, anti war sentiments, free love vibe and plenty more.

But as the talented West End cast of eight kicked off with Dawning of the Age of Aquarius, I think we were all just delighted to be entertained.

This is a slick, well choreographed (of course) and full of energy piece, with the four-strong band keeping the pace going for almost an hour and half. If any of them felt rusty, it certainly didn’t show!

Probably to the relief of the actors given the temperature, there was no nudity included in this version of the show!

It’s very much an ensemble piece, all long hair, bell bottom trousers and fringed waistcoats, but Jordan Luke Gage stood out for me as Claude, the free spirit called up for military service in a war he doesn’t believe in.

The finale, Let The Sun Shine, was a triumph, on all levels, and had the socially-distanced audience on its feet.

With live theatre struggling to survive, this song could be its call to arms.

The show continues until tomorrow (Sunday). Visit www.norwichtheatre.org

Sarah Hardy

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