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Steve Curry, Original 'Woof' in Broadway's HAIR, Dies at 68

According to the New York Times, Steve Curry, an original cast member of the Broadway rock musical HAIR, died on September 13, 2014. He was 68.

Curry's wild mane appeared on HAIR's official posters and album cover, and he "loved being the face of the show," according to his wife, though he never earned a cent for the images.

The show opened in 1967 at the New York Shakespeare Festival before transferring to Broadway in 1968. HAIR, with book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, centers on the lives of a tribe of hippies in NYC during the sexual revolution of the '60s. The musical features the hit tunes "Aquarius," "Hair", "Good Morning Sunshine" and more. In the musical, Curry's laid-back and sexually adventurous character 'Woof' is known for his controversial song "Sodomy".

Among Curry's other credits on the Great White Way are GYPSY, CHRISTINE, CAMELOT, 13 DAUGHTERS, I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE, WEST SIDE STORY and THE FREAKING OUT OF STEPHANIE BLAKE -- all before his role in HAIR.

Curry's first wife, Shelley Plimpton, was also in the cast of HAIR. They appeared in the movie GLEN AND RANDA together in 1971.

Following HAIR's four-year run on Broadway, Curry left the theatre biz and eventually ended up retiring in New Mexico.

HAIR's last Broadway revival was in 2009; it won both the Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Revival of a Musical. The show also appeared at The Hollywood Bowl this summer with a movie-star-heavy cast.

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