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Hard Times: The Adult Musical in 1970s New York City

Elizabeth L. Wollman


One legacy of the 1960s sexual revolution was the “adult” musical of the 1970s. Influenced by the overwhelming success in 1968 of Hair, as well as by a series of rulings on the nature of obscenity, adult musicals proliferated in New York's theaters at a time when the city was teetering toward bankruptcy and tourism was on the decline. Typically structured like old-fashioned revues, shows like Let My People Come, The Faggot, and the long-running Oh! Calcutta! relied on nudity and simulated sex to attract audiences. Adult musicals disappeared almost entirely by the early 1980s, as the city's eco ... More

Keywords: adult musicals, sexuality and gender, gay rights, women's movement, Hair, New York City, obscenity, sexual revolution, musical theater

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199747481
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747481.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth L. Wollman, author
Baruch College