Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Girls Who Like Boys

Now tearing up the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, the groundbreaking Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical seems as relevant today as when it first shocked Broadway audiences in 1968. But aside from its themes of political activism and sexual freedom, the Tony-winning revival reminds us of another timeless message: No matter their flavor, boys are delicious! I caught up with the hot hippie chicks from Hair’s infamous “Black Boys/White Boys” trios. Love these girls!

RANDY RAINBOW: First, let’s talk about boys. What is it you have a sweet tooth for when it comes to love?

KAITLIN KIYAN: Naturally, I love a guy with more hair than less. I love the ‘shaggy, just-woke-up’ look, and I dig the skater/surfer type. I love a guy who would rather be outside than in, and a guy who can make me laugh, but can also be serious and talk about life for hours. The ability to play an instrument, like the guitar or drums, is also a plus!

NICOLE LEWIS: I like a great kisser—love me some sugar-lips! A little sensitive is always nice, but all 100% man-beef is a must.

MEGAN REINKING: I have a thing for cute guys with a bit of a geek quality—guys that look like they could have stepped out of Weezer. Or the sort of lean, dark, Justin Theroux or Trent Reznor type. And I love scruffy Irish boys. Yet somehow I always end up dating blonds—it's weird. Major turn-ons are passion, honesty, and a desire to improve. It's a turn-off if a guy spends more time getting ready in the morning than I do—especially if it’s obvious. And don’t wait three days or longer to call. I want a man to be excited about me. And don’t text to ask me out. Seriously, if you like me, pick up the phone!

SASHA ALLEN: I love sweet, loving ambitious guys. And stinky breath is a major turn off for me.

JACKIE BURNS: I appreciate a real gentleman, someone who goes out of his way for you, without your having to ask. I do not appreciate guys with bad breath!

SAYCON SENGBLOH: I like kind and generous men, not boys. I'm talking grownups! I'm not into jerks or the bad boy types—been there done that. There's no future in bad boys!

RANDY RAINBOW: What was your very first introduction to a show called “Hair”?

KAITLIN KIYAN: Sophomore year of high school. We did the show at LaGuardia High School. I remember none of us really knowing what the show was about. It is a very emotionally complex show that can only fully be experienced when approached with an open, accepting mind. Now, I am much more connected to the show’s message and theme.

MEGAN REINKING: The album in my parents' record collection when I was a kid. I went through a phase really early of listening to my parents' LPs. It was probably my first introduction to musical theatre as well. I used to sing the songs all the time – or at least my closest approximation of what the lyrics were. I’ve wanted to be a part of it since then.

RANDY RAINBOW: What’s been the most amazing part of your “Hair” experience thus far?

SASHA ALLEN: Meeting such wonderful people and being pushed to my fullest potential has been a great experience. And, of course, getting to sing "Aquarius."

SAYCON SENGBLOH: So far it’s been learning more about my limits as a person… which are far less than I thought; I am stronger and sexier than I've ever been before; I am more confident in my body and I don't think as much about the little imperfections. We're all so individually beautiful!

RANDY RAINBOW: How would you guess your audiences' responses to the show are differing from those who first saw it in the 60’s and 70’s?

MEGAN REINKING: I think the audiences we have now walk in expecting a show, and leave having been moved by an experience. They are our friends when they leave. I've never seen or been a part of a show before where the audience doesn't want to leave. The show ends and they stay. They hug us. There's no separation. We're all one.

SAYCON SENGBLOH: Some are just as shocked now as then, I believe. I don't think as much has changed as we think in terms of what's considered taboo and what's not. We have audiences from all over the world and I don't assume that everyone is confortable with its brash sexuality or brazen talk of war and male bonding. But they still come to see it!

RANDY RAINBOW: Explain the importance of having this particular revival on Broadway right now.

NICOLE LEWIS: It’s a great reminder of what is truly important – Peace and Love. The spiritual connection among people and the power we have when we all join together.

MEGAN REINKING: It resonates so deeply. I think it means something different to every single person in that audience. A lot of productions try to update the show. What we're doing is an authentic representation of what it was like in 1967. The comparisons to today's time are strictly what audiences draw themselves. Of course, a black man making a witty comment about being the “President of the United States of Love” and poking fun of stereotypes in the White House gets a major reaction almost every night.

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