On Broadway - Hair
by Joyce Tretick
Show Business - May 4, 1968


The themes of love and peace that run through (and inspire) Hair, the refreshing tribal rock musical at The Biltmore, really stay with you and leave the audience in the rarest of moods - ecstatic.

The show unfolds thru the eyes of its heros - the hippies who are anti-establishment, anti-war and who pun religion, color, and politics.  All this is done with a certain beauty and simplicity of expression.  The exposure of total self reaches its climax when the actors appear in one brief moment - nude.

Gerome Ragni and James Rado who play the leading roles have authored the book and lyrics.  Their work (in both areas) is uncommonly fine.  So is Galt MacDermot's wonderful score.

Tom O'Horgan's inspired direction was a thing of beauty in itself (working wonders with crew and cast).  This is his most magnificent work in the theatre to date and like many of the things he's done in the past executed with imagination, taste, and with an assist from Julie Arenal's superb choreography.

Mr. O'Horgan made identification with his actors so easy that it was hard to differentiate where life leaves off and theatre begins.

Lynn Kellogg, a young beautiful blonde with a wispy quality and magnificent voice, was very good as Sheila.  lamont Washington conveys an excellent comic quality and Lerri (sic) Davis has a voice to remember.

The remainder of this absolutely superb cast are: Ronald Dyson, Steve Curry, Sally Eaton, Melba Moore, Shelly (sic) Plimpton, Jonathan Kramer, Paul Jabara, Robert I. Rubinsky, Suzannah Norstrand, Donnie Burke, Diane Keaton, Leata Galloway, Walter Harris, Hiram Keller, Marjorie LiPari, Emmeretta Marks, Natalie Mosco and Steve Gamet.

Jules Fisher's lighting and Robin Wagner's magnificent set were like the other components of this show - totally original conceptiuons.

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