Opening on Broadway in 1968 and currently enjoying a New York revival, “Hair” (with music by Galt MacDermot and lyrics by Rado and Ragni) broke the conventions of the book musical with its harem-scarem story line and convoluted, almost random plot. The writers never met a sex or drug pun they didn’t like.
But the show retained vestiges of vaudeville, and the trippy dream sequence that trots out George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Clarke Gable, Scarlett O’Hara and Aretha Franklin remains a theatrical tour-de-force: subversive, racially charged and haunting. The company pulls off this hallucinogenic nightmare with aplomb.
It’s not exactly earth-shattering news to say the hippies are back in Little Five. In many ways, they never left. So if 7 Stages can iron out the technical snafus of this production, it’s likely to be a big hit with the late-night, rebel-rousing crowd. If you’ve never seen “Hair,” it won’t do you any harm to pull on your bell-bottoms, flash a peace sign at the box office and check it out.