James Rado lifeless: Co-creator of Broadway musical Hair dies aged 90

James Rado and Gerome Ragni

Rado co-wrote the e book and lyrics for Hair with Gerome Ragni (Picture: United Artists/Getty Images)

James Rado, the co-creator of the groundbreaking rock musical Hair, has died on the age of 90.

The late playwright, actor and composer died in hospital on Tuesday night in Manhattan, it has been reported.

Rado, who was born James Alexander Radomski in Los Angeles in 1932, co-wrote the e book and lyrics for the celebrated 1967 manufacturing Hair with Gerome Ragni, with music by Galt MacDermot.

Rado and Ragni have been nominated for greatest musical on the 1969 Tony Awards after the present premiered on Broadway the earlier yr, whereas choosing up the identical award on the Grammys.

According to Rado’s publicist and longtime good friend Merle Frimark, he died from cardio-respiratory arrest, The New York Times reported.

Hair, the play for which Rado was best-known, paved the way in which for future musicals in theatre, changing into the primary rock musical to be placed on Broadway, the primary present on Broadway to characteristic a same-sex kiss and the primary to incorporate full nudity.

James Rado

Hair was an enormous hit when it premiered on Broadway (Picture: Rainer Binder/ullstein bild through Getty Images)

Director and composer Tom O'Horgan (1924 - 2009), actor and playwright James Rado, actor and singer-songwriter Gerome Ragni (1935 - 1991), actor Oliver Tobias, and actor and singer Paul Nicholas

Rado (second from left) and Ragni (centre) in a gaggle picture throughout rehearsals of Hair in London in 1968 (Picture: Larry Ellis/Daily Express/Getty Images)

It tells the story of a gaggle of hippies in a park in Manhattan’s East Village, set in opposition to the backdrop of the Vietnam War.

Rado and his Hair co-writer Ragni – who died in 1991 – first met after they have been starring in a manufacturing known as Hang Down Your Head and Die within the early Nineteen Sixties.

‘We were great friends,’ Rado beforehand stated of his collaborator.

James Rado

Rado attending a efficiency of Hair in New York City in September 2011 (Picture: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

‘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.’

The additionally starred within the play collectively, with Rado taking part in the function of Claude – who has acquired his draft discover for the struggle – and Ragni taking up the character Berger, Claude’s greatest good friend.

Other works of Rado’s included performs Rainbow, Sun and Jack Sound and His Dog Star Blowing His Final Trumpet on the Day of Doom.

Rado is survived by his brother Ted Rado, his sister-in-law Kay Rado, his nieces Melanie Khoury, Emily DiBona and Melissa Stuart, and his great-nieces and a great-nephew.

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