That's the best thing that classic can do, is it can return to us from our own past to give us lessons about the future, and it can give us a sense of both who we were and who we could become.
The last romantic novel I think I read was 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles.'
When you make new musicals, you have the great freedom and the great burden that it can be changed.
Whenever you do a new interpretation of a great, previous text of any kind, you always look for some kind of immediate significance right now.
I'm sort of a Freudian about theater; it's always a struggle between freedom and security, between 'Do I stay where I am with my family because I love them or do I follow the thing that makes my heart feel the greatest?'