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Robert Hunt

Until recently, I had lost interest in The Who and "Tommy" in particular, but after seeing a stage production about 3 years ago, I was stunned by how well it holds up. I'm not sure I can say the same about most of the "rock operas" that followed it (largely forgotten efforts like "Hard Job Being God", "The Survival of St. Joan", "Truth of Truths" -with Jim Backus as God!). Few of those, if any, make the leap from "concept album" to full-blown narrative.
Incidentally, although "Hair" is certainly the most well-known, the first rock musical on Broadway was probably now-forgotten piece called "Your Own Thing", based on "Twelfth Night". (The music isn't very good..)

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