Tuesday, June 09, 2009


I am a child of the 60's. It sounds kind of funny when a guy about to be 65 calls himslef a child of the 60's when he is about to turn 65. I went from never seeing a married couple in a double bed on television to seeing naked people singing on a Broadway stage. Hair probably symbolized the 60's more than any other show or song or movie. When people spoke of reviving Hair, I was always of the opinion that it would seem outdated. Let's face it television is filled with naked couples, who are not even married, in bed together. However, I was really wrong on this. I loved the show and played the cast album for months on end (as long as my Mother din't hear the profanity).

Many of you are familiar with several of the famous numbers from Hair: Let the Sunshine In, Aquarius, and Good Morning Starshine. It was a great score . However, more than anything, Hair was a product of the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960's. Hair broke new ground in musical theatre by being the first Rock Musical, the first racially integrated casts who were all treated as equals and the first Broadway musical to invite the audience on the stage for the finale.

Hair was written by James Rado and Gerome Ragni with Music by Galt MacDermot. It was actually somewhat autobiographical on the life of the Rado and Radi as they lived

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