Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary

When HAIR, The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, opened on Broadway at the Biltmore theatre on April 29, 1968 the musical, with book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, music by Galt MacDermot and directed by Tom O'Horgan, broke new ground in musical theatre and the genre of the "rock musical" was born.  HAIR was an expression of the youth, music and peace culture of the time.

To commemorate this milestone, HAIR alumni came to New York from around the world to celebrate the show that changed so many lives, and celebrate director Tom O'Horgan's 84th birthday. 

After an off-Broadway opening in October, 1967 at Joseph Papp's Public Theater, HAIR opened on Broadway, produced by Michael Butler, and ran for 1,750 performances, followed by a successful London production which ran for 1,998 performances. The show received Tony Award nominations for "Best Musical" and Best Direction of a Musical (for Mr. O'Horgan). HAIR utilized a racially-integrated cast and invited the audience onstage for a "Be-in." The shows' infamous "nude scene" and "make love not war" message drew protests most everywhere it opened. The show faced legal battles on obscenity charges in Boston and Chattanooga, TN with both cases going to the US Supreme Court and winning important victories for free speech! Numerous productions have been staged around the world since then, and numerous recordings of the musical have been released. Several of the songs from its score became Top 40 hits, including Aquarius and Let The Sunshine In, and a successful film version was released in 1979.

Photos by Peter James Zielinski

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Producer Michael Butler

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
The Tribe gathers...

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Original cast members dance and sing 'Aquarius'

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Original cast members dance and sing 'Aquarius'

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Tom O'Horgan cuts the cake

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Tom O'Horgan and Michael Butler

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Michael Butler and Leata Galloway

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Ben Vereen

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Ben Vereen

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Chapman Roberts and Leata Galloway

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Marjorie LiPari

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Marjorie LiPari

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Tom O'Horgan

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Warren Morrell

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Natalie Mosco

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Ula Hedwig and James Rado

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Leata Galloway

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Robert I. Rubinsky

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Original choreographer Julie Arenal

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Sally Eaton (I)

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Sally Eaton (I)

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
James Rado, Tom O'Horgan, and Julie Arenal

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
James Rado

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Tom O'Horgan

Photo Coverage: 'HAIR' Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Michael Butler



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