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August 14, 1990
Daily News
New York, New York

James Rado & Gerome Ragni sport long hair while Galt (Shorthair) MacDermot tinkles on piano

Well, tie-dye our T-shirts and pass the peace pipe!

Here we are with Gerome Ragni, James Rado and Galt MacDermot. They wrote “Hair” some 23 years ago.

Okay, okay. We’re a little late for the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. But at least we’re on hand for the dusking.

The trio dropped by Steve MGraw’s cabaret on W. 72d st. to preview a fw tunes for “Sun,” the first musical they have written together since the heady days of “Hair”

“It’s got a lot of songs about the environment,” Ragni told us. “Upbeat songs,” said MacDermot. “Songs that make you feel good,” said Rado.

They rattled off a few of the titles: “Planet Love,” “Wow,” “Absolutely Swing.”

Sounds to us like the love Generation is still going strong.

So, it seems, is “Hair.”

The show is opening in Australian any day now. “And they’ve just completed a Russian translation, so it should be opening in Russia soon, too,” Ragni said. “It’s only fitting; we wrote it as an anti-war statement, and now that we’re on the verge of war in Iraq, it’s timely once again.”

Ragni, Rado and MacDermot performed at the cabaret last night in a benefit for the Second Generation Theatre Company. Also on the bill were Annie Golden and Ula Hedwig.

“Annie played in ‘Hair,’ “ Ragni told us. “So did Ula. Actually, the show ran on Broadway for so long that almost everyone we know played om ‘Hair.’ Hey, you look familiar. I think you played in ‘Hair,’ too.”

Not really But we still cherish our recording of the show’s title song by one of our all-time favorite groups, The Cowsills.

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