In 1968, the West Coast premiere production opened on Sunset Boulevard, just two blocks from the Pantages, about six months following the production’s Broadway opening.
The Aquarius Theatre, re-named in honor of one of the show’s hit songs, would be HAIR’s home for two years. Los Angeles tribe members included Ben Vereen, Meat Loaf, Ted Neeley, Jennifer Warnes, Kay Cole, and more. The original Broadway team re-united to mount the L.A. production.
Says Julie McDonald, the doyenne of film/t.v./video dancer/choreographer talent representation in Hollywood:
I saw it in NYC. When it was first here I practically camped out at the Aquarius Theatre on Sunset. I must have seen it 10 times. Love the score.
In 1979, United Artists released a screen adaptation of the story that featured John Savage, Treat Williams and Beverly D’Angelo. Director was Miloš Forman, who had won an Academy Award for his direction of “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.”
Choreography in the film was by Twyla Tharp. Karole Armitage choreographed the current production.
arts·meme sincerely thanks david for the marvelous vintage photo.