The work reflects the creators' observations of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the late s, and several of its songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement. The musical's profanity, its depiction of the use of illegal drugs, its treatment of sexuality , its irreverence for the American flag , and its nude scene caused much comment and controversy. Hair tells the story of the "tribe", a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the " Age of Aquarius " living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. Claude, his good friend Berger, their roommate Sheila and their friends struggle to balance their young lives, loves, and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. Ultimately, Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or to succumb to the pressures of his parents and conservative America to serve in Vietnam, compromising his pacifist principles and risking his life.
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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.
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.
It's so dark. If you're going just for the nudity you will be disappointed. Minus Gavin and a few others. It happens at the end of Act I. And Gavin sings so he doesn't get naked.