Ladies and Gentlemen and everyone in-between may we present Bea Arthur singing “Black Boys” from the musical HAIR in a benefit concert at the UN in NYC on May 26, 1988 for the Creo Society and Children with AIDS.
Galt MacDermot, who composed the hit Broadway musicals Hair and Two Gentlemen of Verona, died Monday, a day before his 90th birthday. His death was confirmed to Playbill by his granddaughter, though a cause of death was not revealed. With a plot that questioned the Vietnam War, the production of Hair was a timely smash and earned two Tony nominations and won the Grammy for Best Score From an Original Cast Show Album.
MacDermot’s music, both from his stage productions and non-Broadway albums, had an immense impact on hip-hop. Samples of “Space,” from his Woman Is Sweetersoundtrack, have appeared in tracks by Snoop Dogg, Faith Evans and Busta Rhymes (“Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check”). Additionally, Madlib, MF Doom, Run-DMC and Public Enemy, among many others, have all sampled his music in their recordings.
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:
Sodomy Fellatio Cunnilingus Pederasty Father, why do these words sound so nasty?
In this is a slow news day news, True Blood actress Evan Rachel Wood made an unfriendly anti-LGBT comment about Disney Star Miley Cyrus’s short new hair do. Evan felt it was necessary to comment after Miley made headlines of cutting off her golden tresses.
Evan stated “I called it! Miley Cyrus is leaning toward gay.”Yeah not cool Evan. You have “a traditionally male oriented” first name and if you’ve ever had jokes made of you because that then that should have been your first clue of why what you said was labeling and wrong. It also implies that you can switch out your sexuality like you can switch out a haircut and that is just not true.
* Here’s the haircut in question (cute. She’s rocking it and most importantly IT WILL GROW BACK)
Wood tried to explain herself (and failed miserably) after making such an asinine statement but really only made things worse. Evan wrote a mea culpa via twitter:
“Ok. To be clear. I believe you should be able to joke and have a sense of humor about everything. And i hate explaining, but just to be clear, i dont judge people on how they look. Nor do i associate a hair style with sexuality. I myself am bisexual and have always “joked” about miley giving me gay vibes. Not a bad thing! Just an observation. So i “joked” when she cut her hair that it supported my case. But, i am not so close minded or into stereotypes or labeling. It was a joke. Period. could care less what gender she was attracted to. But dont hate me for supporting her in whatever She chooses. Its all fine by me. That is all.”
I’ve never known homophobia and labeling to be humorous. Maybe I’m not a funny person because I didn’t laugh at this one Evan. Having a sense of humor is great, it’s when you say ignorant things is when people get upset. And clearly the only reason you’re upset is because you got called out on it. Again I ask, What the hell does gay look like Evan? Does it look like your irrelevant career?