‘Hair’ comes back to Broadway

Writer recalls the early days at shows return

NEW YORK — “Hair” returned to Broadway on July 13, and for co-creator James Rado, who sat center-third-row, the memories were sweet.

He and the late Gerome Ragni had already settled in a Hoboken apartment before the show’s 1967 Public Theater premiere.

“We needed a place together to really write this, and that was our base,” he said during intermission at the St. James.

Rado called the roles of Claude and Berger “vaguely autobiographical. The love relationship, the male-to-male thing, was coming into flower, that kind of freedom in the hippie movement. We put our relationship into the midst of the hippie movement, and it seemed to fit.”

“Hair” will host same-sex marriages July 25 on its stage, and last year its cast marched on D.C. in pursuit of marriage equality. Would he and Ragni have wanted to get married?

“No, not really,” Rado answered with a smile. “Jerry was already married to a lovely woman named Stephanie.”

So very like the show?

“Yeah, it was the trisexual thing: Try anything once.

“Jerry,” he added, “died 20 years ago this week, July 10, 1991.”

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Legit News from Variety