Let the Sunshine In

What better way to defy the impending onset of wintry darkness than belting out "Let the Sunshine In" on stage at the Kennedy Center with the cast of Hair?

For those of you who haven't seen the show, it doesn't have much of a plot. As one of my friends said, it's more of a mood than a plot. And by mood, I mean drug-induced hallucination. But, it is a rockin', energetic show that engages the audience like none other I've seen. So much in fact that at the end, they invite audience members to join the cast on stage to dance and sing with them.

Now, I was sitting in the second tier (read: nosebleed section), and I was trying to figure out if I could get down there in time. My friend and I looked at each and then booked it down four flights of stairs, only to hear what we thought was the end of the music. Damn. Not to mention people were exiting the show, so we were going against traffic. But, at that point I was determined to get my ass up there.

That was when we heard them start "Let the Sunshine In." We rushed down the aisle, and were met by two cast members who took us by the hand, helping us on stage and took us right to the very front. It was the most thrilling experience I've had in a long time, being up there with hundreds of people all dancing and singing together. And when the music was over, one of the leads came over and threw her arms around me, thanking me for coming to the show! I couldn't believe how gracious they were and how connected I felt, how I was totally feeding on their post-performance high.

I'll admit, when I was up in the balcony, I was hesitant to rush the stage. No one else in our section was moving. But then I thought, Fuck it. I'm probably never going to get to dance and sing on the Kennedy Center stage again. And I'm so glad I didn't let that fear of looking like a fool get in my way.

8 comments:

  1. That sound like SUCH a fun experience!

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  2. That is the coolest thing I have ever heard. Oh my gosh, what an experience and one you are going to remember for a very long time. I'm seriously jealous!

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  3. I went to see Hair in New York with my mom around last Christmas. I had a vague notion of what Hair was about, but didn't really know much about the music or the choreography, etc. As luck would have it, we ended up with tickets in the center of the first row.

    The cast gets fully nude in Hair. I was sitting in the front row... with my mother... with a bunch of penises at eye level.

    You are not supposed to experience sexuality while sitting next to your mother. Fact.

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  4. AMAZING!
    I love hair! :)
    So lucky!

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  5. That sounds amazing! I've seen Hair before, but only as done by a small theater group at my university. Dancing on the big stage sounds like a dream come true!

    xx,
    Delilah

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  6. It's a fantastic show. I saw it in NY earlier this year. I'm sorry to say that I didn't get up on stage at the end...which was stupid. I really wanted to but I felt kind of funny about it. Good for you for getting up there and doing it. I'm glad you had a great time.

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