2015-02-04 / Front Page

The Original ‘Aquarian’ Honors Secret Theatre With Visit

Hair creator James Rado with the cast of the Secret Theatre’s production of Hair.Photos Justin Chauncey PhotographyHair creator James Rado with the cast of the Secret Theatre’s production of Hair.Photos Justin Chauncey PhotographyJames Rado, co-creator of Hair celebrated his 83rd birthday on January 23 (his actual birthday), by attending the Secret Theatre Musicals’ production of Hair.


Rado brought 15 friends, including original Broadway cast members Debbie Andrews (Crissy) and Ula Hedwig (Tribe/Bette Midler), along with fellow “Aquarian” actor, Gordon Ramsey, to see the production of Hair that just wrapped up at The Secret Theatre.


Rado joined the cast and audience onstage for the “dance party” that follows the bows at the James Rado (r.), Hair creator with the director of the Secret Theatre’s production of Hair, Richard Mazda (l.).

James Rado (r.), Hair creator with the director of the Secret Theatre’s production of Hair, Richard Mazda (l.). end of the show, proving that 83 is only a number. Director Richard Mazda (Richard III; Fagin) presented Rado with a framed poster of the show which was signed by the entire cast.

Delicious cakes and a mystery cocktail (vodka and cranberry with a dash of champagne)ensured that this was a memorable Hair dance party.


The cast had previously met Rado when he attended a rehearsal the week before. Ever a professional, and with Mazda’s blessing, he took notes throughout and gave insightful notes to the cast.


Andrews, who played Crissy when she was 16, shared a delightful moment with the Secret Theatre’s Crissy, Mary Linehan (Honestly Abe) when they met and immediately bonded. Rado was also extremely complimentary, having been the original Claude, when he met Torrey Wigfield (Lost River), who played Claude at the Secret.


To say that it was a special night is definitely an understatement.


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