Hair


The American Tribal Love Rock Musical


Biltmore Theatre, (10/05/1977 - 11/06/1977)

First Preview: Aug 03, 1977
Opening Date: Oct 05, 1977
Closing Date: Nov 06, 1977
Total Previews: 79
Total Performances: 43

Category: Musical, Revival, Broadway
Setting: The 1960s. The East Village.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by David J. Cogan

Produced by Michael Butler; Produced in association with K. H. Nezhad; Associate Producer: George Milman

Book by Gerome Ragni and James Rado; Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado; Music by Galt MacDermot; Musical Director: Denzil A. Miller, Jr.; Vocal arrangements by Denzil A. Miller, Jr.

Directed by Tom O'Horgan; Choreographed by Julie Arenal; Assistant Choreographer: Wesley Fata

Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher; Costume Design by Nancy Potts; Sound Design by Abe Jacob

General Manager: Eugene V. Wolsk; Company Manager: Steven Suskin

Production Stage Manager: J. Galen McKinley; Stage Manager: Seth M. M. Sternberg; Assistant Stage Mgr: Eva Charney

Conducted by Denzil A. Miller, Jr.; Musical Coordinator: Earl Shendell

Vocal Direction: Patrick Flynn; General Press Representative: Gifford / Wallace, Inc.; Casting: Mary Jo Slater; Photographer: Curt Kaufman; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company

Opening Night Cast

Perry ArthurMother
Tourist Couple
Member of the Tribe
Emily BindigerMember of the Tribe
Paul BinottoMember of the Tribe
Eva CharneyFather
Member of the Tribe
Cleavant DerricksHud
Loretta DevineMember of the Tribe
Randall EasterbrookClaude
Ellen FoleySheila
Annie GoldenMother
Michael HoitBerger
Doug KatsarosMember of the Tribe
Michael LeslieShopping Cart Lady
Principal
Member of the Tribe
Louis MattioliMother
Member of the Tribe
Linda MyersPrincipal
Abraham Lincoln
Member of the Tribe
Raymond PattersonMember of the Tribe
Alaina ReedDionne
James RichFather
Parent
Member of the Tribe
Iris RosenkrantzJeanie
James SbanoMember of the Tribe
Scott ThorntonWoof
Byron UtleySergeant
Deborah Van ValkenburghMember of the Tribe
Kristen VigardCrissy
Lori WagnerParent
Member of the Tribe
Doug WallMember of the Tribe
Martha WingateFather
Member of the Tribe
Carl WoernerPrincipal
Tourist Couple
General Grant
Member of the Tribe
Charlaine WoodardMember of the Tribe

Understudies: Doug Katsaros (Berger), Soni Moreno (Crissy), James Rich (Woof), Scott Thornton (Claude), Byron Utley (Hud), Deborah Van Valkenburgh (Sheila) and Charlaine Woodard (Dionne)

Songs

music by Galt MacDermot; lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni

ACT 1 Sung By
Aquarius
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Ron and Company
Donna
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Berger and Company
Hashish
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Company
Sodomy
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Woof and Company
Colored Spade
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Hud and Company
Manchester
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Claude and Company
Ain't Got No
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Woof, Hud, Dionne and Company
I Believe In Love
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Sheila
Air
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Jeanie, Crissy, Dionne and Company
Initials
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Company
I Got Life
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Claude and Company
Going Down
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Berger and Company
Hair
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Claude, Berger and Company
My Conviction
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Tourist Lady and Company
Easy To Be Hard
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Sheila
Hung
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Berger, Woof, Claude, Sheila, Jeanie and Company
Don't Put It Down
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Berger, Member of the Tribe and Woof
Frank Mills
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Crissy
Hare Krishna
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Company
Where Do I Go
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Claude and Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Electric Blues
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Members of the Tribe and General Grant
Black Boys
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Members of the Tribe
White Boys
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Dionne and Members of the Tribe
Walking in Space
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Company
Abie Baby
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Hud, Ron and Members of the Tribe
Prisoners in Niggertown
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Company
What A Piece Of Work Is Man
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Ron and Member of the Tribe
Good Morning Starshine
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Sheila, Dionne and Company
The Bed
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Company
The Flesh Failures (Let The Sun Shine In)
(lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni)
Claude, Sheila, Dionne and Company

Reviews


New York Daily News: "Those were the days"

"Hair" resumed last night at the Biltmore after a five-year breather, and the long, loose-jointed "tribal rock" musical seemed little changed in the 10 years since it first appeared. The cast is totally new, but the show remains essentially a lively and tuneful staged rock concert that would have benefitted by being reduced to an hour.

It is Galt MacDermot's score - the music of, at the time, a schooled middle-aged concert composer - that holds up. Mostly, anyway. At its best - and it has many high spots - it distinguishes the crude but pointed lyrics of Gerome Ragni and James Rado, who also provided the practically unnoticeable "book." And the band, in the stage-left jalopy, is firstrate.

The songs, which director Tom O'Horgan has once again staged in novel fashion within Robin Wagner's elaborately junky setting, as well as in the well-traversed aisles, are many and varied. "Aquarius," "I Believe in Love," "Easy to Be Hard," "Frank Mills," "White Boys" and, loveliest of all, "Good Morning Starshine," are nice to hear again, and to watch as the young and attractive cast goes about its now old business.

For "Hair," like long, undisciplined hair for hair's sake, has gone out of style. It and the '60s seem, at least at the moment, as dated as "Irene" and the First World War. The terms "begins" and "psychedelic" and others employed in "Hair" conjure up a far-distant past in which the "flower children" who throng the Biltmore stage sound like and appear to be garish echoes of the Dead End Kids. Add a touch of "love," or at least the repeated incantation to this mysterious god.

The lighting, Jules Fisher's, is, like O'Horgan's direction, as dazzlingly theatrical as ever. The "Supremes" (remember them?) again stop the show as the three black girls, encased in a single tight, resilient gown, sing "White Boys" in reply to the white-girl trio's paean "Black Boys."

Ellen Foley brings an accomplished voice and feeling to her songs. She plays Sheila, who lives with both Claude, who has been drafted and is on his way to Vietnam and death (you'll recall that "Hair" takes place during the Johnson administration), and Berger, a thoroughgoing extrovert. Michael Hoit is effective as the latter, and Randall Easterbrook is equally so as the more sensitive Claude, the Anglophile from Flushing.

But it's gone, kids, gone, lost in a marijuana cloud as we tiptoe uncertainly through the saintly '70s. Still, they are also the nostalgic '70s, and Lord knows! 10 year's time may have produced a whole new audience of thirtyish oldsters whom "Hair" can waft back to the days of the S.D.S., Weathermen, Chicago, the Steps of the Pentagon...to a gritty, lusty, aching Nirvana whose true name is Youth.


New York Daily News
10/06/1977

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Biltmore Theatre

(10/5/1977 - 11/6/1977)

Cast

Peter Gallagher
Member of the Tribe
David Patrick Kelly
Claude
Soni Moreno
Crissy
Trudy Perkins
Dionne
Father

Understudies: Peter Gallagher (Claude).


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