I Was In the Debut of the Groundbreaking Broadway Musical ‘Hair’
I Was In the Debut of the Groundbreaking Broadway Musical ‘Hair’ When the musical Hair premiered on Broadway on April 29, 1968, the theater world was shocked, horrified, and delighted. The show introduced the rock musical—and nudity—to the Broadway stage in a story that brought the psychedelic hippie culture to life and engaged in a frank discussion of the political issues and social taboos of the 1960s. Hair forever changed Broadway and has left a legacy that continues to influence many, including Melba Moore, who was a newly minted singer when she was recruited to perform in the original production. In 1968, I had just left my job teaching music at a little hole-in-the-wall school in north New Jersey to pursue my dream of becoming a singer. I had started to make a living by doing back-up vocals for studio recording sessions, and I was booked by Galt MacDermot, who wrote the music for Hair and was putting together a group to record the cast album ahead of the show’s Broadway premiere. At the time, I was what I called a “Black American Princess.” I was more conservative and a bit sheltered. I Was In the Debut of the Groundbreaking Broadway Musical ‘Hair'
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