NBC announced that the 50-year-old Broadway hit of the hippie generation HAIR will be its latest live staging, with plans for a spring 2019 telecast.
It’s been more than half a century (!) since the American tribal love musical first hit the Broadway boards, debuting at the Biltmore Theatre in April 1968 — six months after its off-Broadway bow as the inaugural production of Joseph Papp’s Public Theater.
With music by Galt MacDermot and a book by James Rado & George Ragni, the show had an initial four-year run on the Great White Way and has been revived there four times since, most recently in 2011.
The musical inspired a 1979 movie by Milos Forman — his follow-up to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the 1975 pic that earned him his first Oscar for Best Director. The Hair film cast included Treat Williams, Beverly D’Angelo, and John Savage.
How MBC will handel lyricls like:
Father, why do these words sound so nasty?
A black nigger
A jungle bunny
Pickaninny mau mau
And of course the infamous nude scene is anyone’s guess.