A New Age (of Aquarius)
By Justin Ocean
Hippies get a bad rap, so it�s understandable that Gavin Creel is dead set on not playing a patchouli-scented, antiestablishment caricature in the latest revival of Hair, currently on Broadway.
� �Hippie� is what outside forces labeled people who were just rebelling against the confines of the �50s,� says the Tony-nominated actor, who leads as Claude. �It�s really about belief in freedom of expression, to be whoever you are.� A freedom the Findlay, Ohio (population 39,118), native knows well.
�I spent the longest time thinking, Oh, I�ve got to act a certain way,� he explains, referring to his less �out� days. �Fuck that noise. Fuck it hard. It feels so good to be able to say that.�
Creel hopes to harness the play�s �tribal love-rock� vision of optimism, peace, and love with BroadwayImpact.com, a marriage equality initiative he cofounded set to mobilize the theater community. And given the recent doom-and-gloom economy, wars, and civil rights setbacks, it seems the perfect moment to let the sun shine in again.
Hair is playing at New York City�s Al Hirschfeld Theatre.