Jan. 23 was the Aquarius New Moon and Chinese New Year (year of the Dragon). It was also the 80th birthday of James Rado co-author of the legendary musical Hair. Rado celebrated this milestone at The Copacabana with a crowd of over 125 guests.
The event, produced by Shelley Ackerman and Merle Frimark, also featured video tributes to Rado, including a special message from Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. André De Shields, whose first professional job was in the Chicago production of Hair in 1969, sang his personal anthem "If You Believe" from The Wiz. Shelley Ackerman, Zora Rasmussen and De Shields also sang "Young at Heart.”