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Hair. Presented By: Alesa McGregor. The Musical. 1967/68- On the Stage. 1979- On the Screen. The Musical. 1967/68- On the Stage. 1979- On the Screen. Director: Milos Forman Choreography: Twyla Tharp Primary Film Locations: Central Park & Washington Square Park Golden Globe Nominations

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Hair

Presented By: Alesa McGregor

the musical
The Musical

1967/68- On the Stage

1979- On the Screen

the musical1
The Musical

1967/68- On the Stage

1979- On the Screen

Director: Milos Forman

Choreography: Twyla Tharp

Primary Film Locations: Central Park & Washington Square Park

Golden Globe Nominations

Generally positive reviews

  • Book & lyrics: James Rado and Gerome Ragni
  • Music: Galt MacDermot
  • Premiere: Shakespeare Public Theatre in 1967 (NYC)
  • Broadway Premiere: April 29, 1968-July 1, 1972
  • Multiple Tony nominations (2009 win- musical revival)
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Historical Context

1967/68- On the Stage

1979- On the Screen

1972: Watergate Scandal

1972-73: End of the U.S. Military Draft

1974: Nixon resignation

  • Vietnam War: 1954-1975
  • 1967: Loving v. Virginia, Summer of Love, Human Be-In
  • 1968: assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr (4.4) & Robert Kennedy (6.6)
  • 1968: Paris student riots (May)
  • 1969: Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Riots
adaptation
Original (pre-Broadway) versionAdaptation
  • Much more “far out” including a space alien as Claude
  • Scenic Design: Ming Cho Lee
  • Many negative reviews
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Broadway VersionAdaptation
  • Addition of 13 songs
  • Claude as human
  • Positive reviews & a four-year run
  • International tours
  • Introduction of nudity
  • Audience “Be-In”
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Broadway VersionAdaptation
  • The Tribe
    • Claude (leader)
    • Sheila (NYU student-activist)
    • Berger (free-spirit)
  • Draft-dodging
  • Free-love, nudity as protest
  • Unseen death of Claude
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Film VersionAdaptation
  • Elimination of 11 songs
  • Change in character background: Claude & Sheila
  • Alternate ending
  • Nudity: swimming, joking
  • More specific, linear plot-structure
performance as protest
Performance as Protest:

Stage vs. Screen

Stage

Screen

So HOW are these methods incorporated on the screen?

Realistic setting (the script is “opened up”)

Change in primary character

Recreation of a time in history

Religious allusion

Be-In?

  • Non-linear plot
  • Evolving, improvisation-based script
  • Multi-point staging focus
  • Abstract Setting
  • Involvement of the audience (Be-In)
  • Addressing current events
video c lips
Video Clips
  • 1969: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxSGikrhrnI
  • 1969 (1:30 secs): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGx7IBn7HCM
  • 2009 revival: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPLg5gA-9ck
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