When Hair, America's first tribal love-rock musical, opened two years ago, it was thought by many to be merely a passing fancy. Not so. Now it is a case of Hair, there, and everywhere. So prolific has the show become, in fact, that it is difficult to fins a spot in the world where Hair isn't sprouting.
There are permanent companies in new York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, London, Berlin, Paris, Sydney, and - get this - Belgrade. And all with four-letter words and the nude scene solidly intact. The show is currently playing in Las Vegas (where the cast was threatened with arrest for, of all things, indecent exposure; but when the guffaws echoed from both coasts, the proposed arrest was canceled), Toronto, Boston, helsinki, and Sao Paulo will get their Hair next year, and rights have been sold in Israel, Italy, and Belgium.
And this hairsplitting is not without it's dangers, though. The Mexican company ran one night in Acapulco before the authorities moved in to close the show for "undermining the morals of youth" and put the cast in the local carcel for five hours. By coincidence or something, the date of the mexico opening was the only one that was not determined by the company astrologer. All other openings have been determined by the stars and planets, and all were financial successes. Even history could not stand in the way of Astrologer Maria Crummere's choice of this weeks opening date in Japan - December 7.
The original cast album of Hair has sold nearly 3,000,000
copies, and the score has been recorded for various national posterities
in Swedish, Spanish, French, German and Japanese. Back home, everyone
from Andy Williams to the 5th Dimension has a Hair tune on his album.
And the producers have opened bidding for the movie rights now up to $2.5
million. Which just goes to show that, for American tribal love-rock
musicals at least, this is most assuredly the Age of Aquarius. And
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