The bachelor thesis is focused on evolution of the musical “Hair”. It follows its place among other musicals on Broadway and explores general historical background of its origin. The thesis not only deals with basic historical facts, it tries to highlight the social aspects of American life and consequently examine its portrayal in the musical. It also tries to prove that the inspiration by social mood and events was the main reason for the musical’s creation. Subsequently it shows whether the musical influenced American life in turn, since the link to American society was strong. This is demonstrated by reactions of public audience and professional critics and by further development on the musical field.
The musical Hair has always been one of my most favourites. The choreography, music and lyrics have always been breathtaking to me. As a European and coming from post-communist country I was also interested in the phenomenon of the 1960’s, in American hippie movement, which I could only hear about. That is why I have chosen to handle this part of American history in my bachelor thesis.
Its aim is to confirm or disprove the hypothesis which in its first half argues that Hair’s creation was influenced and even provoked by the social situation in U.S. of the sixties. Second half of the hypothesis claims that presentation of the musical had impact on the society in turn and led to some change in it.
The first chapter of thesis starts with definition of musicals and their development to prove that there is a connection between the musical and the tradition of society describing it. It then investigates the social and historical events of the U.S. in the sixties to confirm that these were artistically inspiring. Following part handles authors’ inspirations and intentions to see whether they were motivated to portray American society at all. The second chapter explores which themes were included in the musical and how and their presentation to audience. The last chapter looks at what the reaction of experts and public audience were and by their comparison identificates what influence Hair had or did not have on American society.
Thesis will use systematic analysis of primary and secondary resources combined with descriptive method. Comparative method applied to primary resources is crucial as well.