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The Age of Hair
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Introduction Hair and the Hippies Experimental Theatre The Creation and Growth of Hair Hair on Broadway Beyond Opening Night The Impact of Hair Appendix A: Staff and Cast for Hair at the Public Theater Appendix B: Staff and Cast for Hair at the Biltmore Theatre Appendix C: Staff and Cast for the Hair Revival at the Biltmore Theatre Appendix D: Staff and Cast for the Motion Picture Version of Hair Bibliography Index

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Horn analyzes the social context of Hair and relates the dramatic story of its creation, its production at Joseph Papp's Public Theater, and its transfer to Broadway.

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BARBARA LEE HORN is Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech, Communication Sciences, and Theatre at St. John's University. She has had production experience on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in television. She is presently working on a study of the career of producer Joseph Papp.

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?The Age of "Hair" is exactly what its subtitle indicates; a book on the "evolution and impact of Broadway's first rock musical." Horn tracks Hair from field notes on the mid-1960s counterculture through its 1968-72 Broadway run, the 1979 movie, and its recent revival as a musical. She notes how Hair, and the hippies it portrays, defied conventions in its anti-war and pro-drugs stances, and in its staging, especially its frontal nudity. Despite mixed critical reviews, and much to the dismay of Broadway regulars, audience interest, if not approval, was tremendous. In addition to its original Broadway run of 1,750 performances, Hair was staged by numerous domestic and foreign touring companies. Hair's status as a watershed musical was legally confirmed when attempts to ban it were struck down by Supreme Court decisions affirming the right to freedom of expression (1970, 1975). Horn's text is extensively footnoted; her excellent bibliography and index are particularly useful to scholars. Recommended for undergraduate students in theater.?-Choice
"The Age of "Hair" is exactly what its subtitle indicates; a book on the "evolution and impact of Broadway's first rock musical." Horn tracks Hair from field notes on the mid-1960s counterculture through its 1968-72 Broadway run, the 1979 movie, and its recent revival as a musical. She notes how Hair, and the hippies it portrays, defied conventions in its anti-war and pro-drugs stances, and in its staging, especially its frontal nudity. Despite mixed critical reviews, and much to the dismay of Broadway regulars, audience interest, if not approval, was tremendous. In addition to its original Broadway run of 1,750 performances, Hair was staged by numerous domestic and foreign touring companies. Hair's status as a watershed musical was legally confirmed when attempts to ban it were struck down by Supreme Court decisions affirming the right to freedom of expression (1970, 1975). Horn's text is extensively footnoted; her excellent bibliography and index are particularly useful to scholars. Recommended for undergraduate students in theater."-Choice

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