You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘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.”

More Scene

  • Tesse Restaurant Opens on L.A.'s Sunset

    Tesse Restaurant Takes on the Challenge of Making the Sunset Strip Hip Again

    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 […]

  • Tiffany Haddish

    MTV Movie and TV Awards: The 10 Standout Moments

    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 […]

  • Michael B. Jordan

    'Black Panther,' 'Stranger Things' Reign at 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards (Full List)

    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 […]

  • Brandon Flynn, Timothy Granaderos, Alisha Boe,

    Alisha Boe Says Brock Turner Case Was Her 'Bible' for '13 Reasons Why' Season 2

    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 […]

  • Yara ShahidiMTV Movie & TV Awards,

    Yara Shahidi, Noah Schnapp, More Talk the Dangers of Social Media at MTV Awards

    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 […]

  • A Night in the Writers' Room

    Parity Takes Center Stage at Variety's 'A Night in the Writers' Room' Drama Panel

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content