Debuting in 1969 and running for a record 17 years, the notoriously erotic stage musical Oh! Calcutta! playfully challenged taboos by representing the sexual revolution in a series of uproarious skits, dance, and naughty musical numbers performed (mostly) in the nude. Written by luminaries including John Lennon, Sam Shepard, and Samuel Beckett, this adult musical matched the magic of Broadway with the exhilaration of a peep show over a rock score performed by a live band. Directed by British theater critic Kenneth Tynan, Oh! Calcutta! is equal parts hubris and hilarity, acting out on stage what usually never leaves the bedroom to sidesplitting and blush-worthy effect.
Debuting in 1972 to shock and fascination, OH CALCUTTA! was an X-rated off-Broadway show made up of sexually themed skits and musical numbers designed to probe the boundaries of social mores. Devised by the brilliant theater critic Kenneth Tynan, and including input from Samuel Beckett, Sam Shepard and John Lennon (among others), the show dealt indelicately with all manner of sexual peccadilloes, and though it was critically ridiculed, it ran for over a decade. The release contains a film recreation of the scandalous show.