Stage production

Hair

Opening date
October 17, 1967
Comments
A rock musical with a book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot. 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.

The first performance was at an off-Broadway preview at the New York Shakespeare Festival. It officially opened on October 29, 1967, after which it was briefly moved to the Cheetah discotheque. It then moved to the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway, where previews commenced on April 11, 1968, with the official premiere on April 29, 1969. The show ultimately ran 1,750 total performances at the Biltmore.

There were substantial changes between the original off-Broadway run and the Broadway run. Some songs in the original production were cut before the move to Broadway, while others were added before the Broadway run. In addition, there was replacement of a number of performers between the two runs.

The Broadway cast album of "Hair" was released in 1968, and approximately a year later an original cast album of the off-Broadway production was released.

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