Serbia, where the scars of war and passions of an anti-establishment movement are still fresh, will stage the musical Hair for the first time in 40 years, updating the story amid the Iraq war and anti-globalism.
First staged in New York in 1968, the rock musical built an international following, with Belgrade mounting its own production in Yugoslavia in 1969.
"The problems are all the same all over again," said lead actor Sergej Trifunovic, who has had roles in many Serbian films as well as productions such as War, Inc.
"They had Vietnam going on over there, now we have Iraq, we have Afghanistan knocking at our door," he said.
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