"I think the reason the show didn't work for audiences in 1977 (the flop Broadway revival) is because it was too close to 1969. I think now, 30 years later, there is enough distance, enough perspective for us to see that Hair is truly an original show and there's so much that remains relevant in a human sense. I think people will be surprised by how much joy there is."
New Line Theatre's production of Hair runs Thursday-Saturday, June 8-July 1, at Washington University's A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre in Mallinckrodt Center, 6445 Forsyth Blvd. For tickets, call 314-534-1111.