Gerome Ragni; Co-Wrote Broadway Musical "Hair"

Gerome Ragni, 48, who co-wrote and starred in the Broadway musical "Hair." Introduced in New York in 1967, the show Ragni called the "American tribal love-rock musical" ran successfully on Broadway, and in Los Angeles, London, Munich, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Because it contained nudity and satirical references to religion and morality, however, Mexican officials closed the show after its 1969 opening in Acapulco and deported Ragni, his co-writer James Rado, and the entire cast. The musical, whose hit songs included "Aquarius" and "Hair," was revived in 1977 and made into a film in 1979. On Wednesday in New York of cancer.

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