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Their close relationship, including its volatility, was reflected in the musical. It was a passionate kind of relationship that we directed into creativity, into writing, into creating this piece.
We put the drama between us on stage." Rado described the inspiration for Hair as "a combination of some characters we met in the streets, people we knew and our own imaginations.
A Broadway revival opened in 2009, earning strong reviews and winning the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for best revival of a musical.
In 2008, Time magazine wrote, "Today Hair seems, if anything, more daring than ever." The main characters were autobiographical, with Rado's Claude being a pensive romantic and Ragni's Berger an extrovert.
Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is a rock musical with a book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt Mac Dermot.