The production, which opened Jan. 30, received strong reviews and public support. Also, giving support was Hair co-author, James Rado who reworked the musical's book for the production.
When Hair was transferred from its Off-Broadway production (at The Public Theatre and then The Cheetah) to Broadway's Biltmore Theatre in April 1968, the text of the show went through various revisions. Thirty years later, it's still being changed, Rado recently told Playbill On-Line, "In studying it, there were some things that always bothered me about the structure of the show, so I corrected them. Revising, Tighter, Funnier, Clearer. More of a strong line with character development. It [Hair] was always criticized as a non-book, non-linear show. So, now the progression of the events are stronger, the emotional, that central focus is more tangible."
For PBOL's full interview: James Rado Finetunes Hair for OOB Revival
Third Eye Repertory's production of Hair is directed by Shawn Rozsa and is playing at the Third Eye Repertory, through March 21.
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-- By Sean McGrath