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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