The musical includes a nude protest scene, which will be a historical moment for the community theater. The cast recently discussed how this hippie-era production, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, continues to be relevant. The show that once defined everything new and revolutionary is approaching senior citizen status. But Theatre Baton Rouge's young cast doesn't think of it that way. Gerome Ragni and James Rado wrote the books and lyrics, and Galt MacDermot wrote the music for this rock musical revolving around a group of political activist friends called the Tribe in the Age of Aquarius. The main character is Claude, played by Austin Ventura, who is torn between resisting the draft or giving in to the pressure of his parents to serve in the Vietnam War.
Nudity in 'Hair' in 1976 set off a debate so big it jammed the courthouse switchboard
Nudity gets 'Hair' rock musical entangled in controversy in
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. Since then, numerous productions have been staged around the world, spawning dozens of recordings of the musical, including the 3 million-selling original Broadway cast recording. Some of the songs from its score became Top 10 hits, and a feature film adaptation was released in
How Hair's Nude Hippies Changed Broadway Forever
Skip to main content Skip to footer site map. How many actors in HAIR get naked You can barely see anything when they are naked. It's so dark. If you're going just for the nudity you will be disappointed.
Less than a month after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The show, written by Gerome Ragni and James Rado with music by Galt MacDermot, follows Claude, a young man on the verge of being drafted, and the group of hippies of which he is a part.