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James Rado


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James Rado (born James Radomski in 1932), is an American actor, writer and composer, best known as the co-author, along with Gerome Ragni, of the groundbreaking 1960s rock musical Hair. He and Ragni were nominated for the 1969 Tony Award for best musical, and they won for best musical at the Grammy Awards in 1969.

He began as an actor, reportedly did some children’s theatre, and then moved to New York in the early 1960s. Prior to Hair, Rado originated the Broadway role of Richard Lionheart in The Lion in Winter by James Goldman (starring Robert Preston and Rosemary Harris). Later, both Rado and Hair co-writer Gerome Ragni were cast in the Chicago company of Mike Nichols’ production of The Knack, by Ann Jellicoe. They played the roles of Tom and Tolan, becoming a kind of acting duo. In 1968 he would perform with Ragni again when he originated the role of Claude (opposite Ragni’s Berger) in Hair, both on Broadway and in Los Angeles.

Since then, he has been active in developing new productions of Hair, including the 11 city 1994 national tour which he directed, and the 2006 CanStage production in Toronto.

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