1968 - April 28
The Broadway Musical Hair opened in New York for its first performance. The show featured songs that would become Rock and Roll standards like Galt MacDermot’s “Hair” and “Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In”, along with “Good Morning Starshine” and “Easy to Be Hard”. The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1st, 1972.
In 1979 the movie version was released starring very young John Savage, Treat Williams and Beverly D’Angelo.
Hair tells the story of the “tribe”, a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. Claude, his good friend Berger, their roommate Sheila and their friends struggle to balance their young lives, loves and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. Ultimately, Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or to succumb to the pressures of his parents (and conservative America) to serve in Vietnam, compromising his pacifistic principles and risking his life.