Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical

Music: Galt MacDermot

Lyrics & Book: Gerome Ragni & James Rado

This 1960s musical--which grew out of the emotional turmoil of the Vietnam War years--celebrates the lifestyle of hippies and flower children who welcomed the dawning of the Age of Aquarius by opposing the draft, the work ethic, and accepted standards of behavior and dress.

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical was originally presented at Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theatre under the direction of Gerald Freedman. After about a month and a half, however, Michael Butler took over for the Broadway run and had the show completely restaged and redesigned--even recasting several roles. In this production, the first act ended in semi-darkness with the entire cast completely nude.

Hair opened its Broadway run at the Biltmore Theatre on April 29, 1968 and became the fourth longest running musical of the Sixties. The 1979 film version featured John Savage, Treat Williams and Beverly D'Angelo.

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