The musical includes a nude protest scene, which will be a historical moment for the community theater. The cast recently discussed how this hippie-era production, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, continues to be relevant. The show that once defined everything new and revolutionary is approaching senior citizen status.
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Happy snow day! Speaking of which, one of my favorite writers, Paul Rudnick who wrote the play and film Jeffrey has an alter ego named Libby Gelman-Waxner who wrote for Premiere magazine. I loved when Libby dished directors who brag about going to film school. You can read Libby columns and buy her book here. Louis , Rachel had some bad experiences with the business and left NYC for many years. She moved back when she was in her late 30s. Finally, it was announced that Hair was coming back to Broadway and Benem told his agent that Rachel was perfect for the show. Finally, his agent finally agreed to get her an audition and she got cast! Back on Broadway after 20 years!
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Less than a month after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The show, written by Gerome Ragni and James Rado with music by Galt MacDermot, follows Claude, a young man on the verge of being drafted, and the group of hippies of which he is a part. It courted controversy from the beginning. Barnes found he was unable to comply fully. Homosexuality is not frowned upon — one boy announces that is in love with Mick Jagger, in terms unusually frank. The London premiere of the musical at the Shaftesbury Theater was delayed until Parliament abolished theater censorship in so that the production could include nudity and strong language.
The show closed after one performance, but the two performers struck up a friendship and decided to collaborate. Although Rado had written music for his own pop band, he and Ragni decided to concentrate on lyrics and dialogue and find a composer to set their words to music. After several false starts, they met Canadian-born Galt MacDermot, a conservative-looking husband and father who had never heard of a hippie when he met the shaggy-haired duo. He had, however, released an influential album called Shapes of Rhythm , and Rado realized immediately that MacDermot was the man to help bring his characters to life. He had his own take on the elements of pop music, and his melodies were always a surprise to us.