A look backwards, using contemporary interviews and archival footage, at "Hair" the musical, a theatrical and cultural phenomenon in the 1960s and 1970s. The documentary is arranged, ... See full summary »
A look backwards, using contemporary interviews and archival footage, at "Hair" the musical, a theatrical and cultural phenomenon in the 1960s and 1970s. The documentary is arranged, loosely, around themes: the context of its creation, friendships among its creators, rehearsals, media coverage, race, sex, politics, backlash, several deaths, drug use leading to dissolution, and an assessment of the play's importance. The commentary comes from a dozen people looking back: creators, producers, actors, and directors of the play and film. Written by
With Hair once again in the public eye,and pulling down a Tony award for best musical stage play recently,it's time once again to take another look at what originally was an off Broadway experimental play. It was the brainchild of Jerome Ragni & Jerry Rado,two actors who were mainly involved with off,off Broadway plays,were room mates at the time. They noticed the,then ever growing hippie counter culture & what they stood for,and decided to apply all they saw,and turned it into a play. That play,of course,was Hair. The play didn't actually have a standard plot,but a series of scenario's,with a connecting narrative thread to them,with a music score by Galt McDermott. The play opened off Broadway in 1967,moved to Broadway the following year,and managed to carve a name in the annals of theater that had never been experienced before. The play was bold & controversial. Four years later,the play closed on Broadway,but spread to several other countries & sparked a revolution in theater. This documentary shows just what impact it caused,thru the use of interviews with former cast members,footage of rehearsals of the recent Broadway cast,interviews with celebrities,vintage film clips representing the tempest that was the mid to late 1960's (anybody for film footage of Lyndon Johnson?), and other elements that make for a short (the documentary clocks in at under an hour),but sweet documentary that will thrill not just the baby boomer's who lived through it all,but the up and coming generation that make up the next batch of Hair cast members. As this is a documentary shot on video,rather than film stock (although uses lots of old film clips),distribution will be limited somewhat (I managed to catch it on the Sundance Channel). Not rated,but contains flashes of nudity,sexual content & some language that one may not want little Johnny to hear (i.e. it would probably snag an 'R' rating from the MPAA)
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