The Theater: Contagious Vulgarity

SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND ON THE ROAD A Rock Spectacle Lyrics by JOHN LENNON and PAUL MCCARTNEY Directed by TOM O'HORGAN

If a medical dictionary of the theater should ever appear, one entry would be a grotesque disease known as O'Horganitis. Its chief aspect is the metastasis of spectacle over substance. Its subsymptoms are bloat, inanity, hallucination, sexual kinkiness and contagious vulgarity. The disease reached plague proportions in the late '60s, but sporadic outbreaks still occur; and if one wishes to be mortally infected, the place to go is Manhattan's Beacon Theater where Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on...

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