Video Round-Up: Gimme the Music of ‘Hair’

SPOILER ALERT: There will be nudity on stage! 

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is being staged at ArtsWest in West Seattle. The show’s profanity, treatment of sexuality, depiction of (gasp!) drugs, and its (gadzooks!) famous nude scene broke new ground in musical theatre when it opened off-Broadway in 1967, and then on Broadway in 1968. Hair features a book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragniand music by Galt MacDermot. Several of the songs became anthems in the anti-Vietnam War movement, and are still well-loved the world over. The show’s hits, from “The Age of Aquarius” to the catchy title track, were quickly scooped up by pop artists (and Sesame Street!). Listen to some of our favorites below, then catch this watershed show on stage in West Seattle.

“Sesame Street” recognized a cultural touchstone when they saw one:


And Liza Minnelli did, too:


Ditto for Nina Simone…


…and Three Dog Night.


Everyone could feel the dawn of the age of Aquarius: