The Smithsonian Marks 56th Anniversary of Broadway's Hair June 20 | Playbill

On the Rialto The Smithsonian Marks 56th Anniversary of Broadway's Hair June 20

A panel discussion and exhibition will celebrate the groundbreaking rock musical that opened April 29, 1968, at Broadway's Biltmore Theatre.

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The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., marks the 56th anniversary of the Broadway opening of the groundbreaking rock musical Hair with a panel discussion, special performance, and exhibition at the National Museum of American History June 20. The discussion and performance will stream via Zoom beginning at noon ET.

The panel comprises theatre critic Peter Marks, Broadway cast members Shelley Pimpton and Dale Soules, and Hair publicist Merle Frimark. Arts journalist Peter Pacheco moderates.

The event's performance features cast members from Signature Theatre's current D.C.-area production of the musical. Following the discussion, attendees will be able to see objects from the museum’s Hair collection not usually on public display, and hear from curators Ryan Lintelman and Krystal Klingenberg about collecting the objects.

Originally premiering in 1967 Off-Broadway at The Public TheaterHair follows a group of long-haired bohemians on the cusp of adulthood who champion freedom, pacifism, and joy. The work, with a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot, is among the first true rock musicals, with a song list that boasts such favorites as "Aquarius," "Let the Sun Shine In," and "Good Morning, Starshine." The musical notably brought hippie culture to mainstream Broadway, renewing the concept of theatre as activism, and has since been adapted for the big screen and returned to Broadway three times.

The Smithsonian event is free but requires registration. Those interested in attending in-person or via Zoom can register at

Look Back at the Original Broadway Production of Hair

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