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Spring Awakening! NOT TO BE MISSED!

  • Feb 26, 2010
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 When I first heard snippets of this show and saw a preliminary video to Bitch of Living on itunes prior to its Broadway opening, I was intrigued.  Upon listening to the soundtrack, I was even more intrigued.  It was fascinating to go back and read the original play and see how the musical had been adapted from this work.

I had the great fortune of seeing this show on tour twice (Once in Minneapolis and once in Chicago).  Both times I was mesmerize by the exceptional book,  stellar score, and crisp lyrics.  The set and costumes are simple.  The staging and choreography are exceptional.  We do not see big dance numbers but instead movement that is incorporated into each moment of every song and really establishes the characters and their stories.

The idea of having one adult male and one adult female play all the adults was also a great idea.  As young people, many adults often take on similar characteristics for authority both good and bad in our lives.  I think this was a clever and wonderful way to differentiate the worlds of the young people vs. the adult world.

The use of contemporary music/lyrics juxtaposed with a classic script was well done.  We also got to see certain chorus members dressed in contemporary clothes sing certain numbers.  All of this combined to show that the issues of the past are still the issues of today.  We are still facing the same challenges as we grow, mature, and face life no matter where or when we live.

In conclusion, RUN don't walk to see Spring Awakening when you can.  This is truly an exceptional musical.  

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review by . February 26, 2010
Spring Awakening: Not Your Grandparents' Musical Theater
When I first heard that someone was making a modern rock adaptaion of the 1891 Frank Wedekind play that had been banned and censored for decades due to its inclusion of masterbation, abortion, rape, bondage, child abuse and suicide, I was absolutely dubious. But since everyone had only positive things to say about the show, when the tour came around my way, I finally saw Spring Awakening...      And I was completely blown away.      Set in late-nineteenth …
review by . November 13, 2009
Title: Spring Awakening   Director: Michael Mayer    Staring: Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, John Gallagher Jr., Stephen Spinella, Christine Estabrook, Lauren Pritchard   Company: Atlantic Theater Company   Genre(s): Drama    Suggested Age Group: Mature Audiences       Buy From Amazon.com: Soundtrack (Tony & Grammy Winner)[Explicit] / Soundtrack (Tony & Grammy Winner) [Explicit] [MP3] / Book (Tony Winner) / Vocal Selections …
Quick Tip by . February 26, 2010
What can I say? This is no ordinary musical. It is based on Frank Wedekind's amazing play. Run DON'T walk to catch this stellar tour!
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Spring Awakening is a Tony Award-winning rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater. The musical is based on the controversial 1891 German play of the same title by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-nineteenth century Germany, it concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. The original play was banned in Germany due to its portrayal of masturbation, abortion, rape and suicide. In the musical, alt-rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score. During the musical, characters sometimes break the fourth wall to express their motivations and desires directly to the audience.

After a number of workshops, concerts and rewrites over a seven-year period, Spring Awakening premiered Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre Company on May 19, 2006 and ran through August 17, 2006. The show then opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on December 10, 2006 and received favorable reviews. Spring Awakening received eleven 2007 Tony Award nominations, winning eight, including Tonys for best musical, direction, book, score and featured actor. The show also won four Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical. The production is directed by Michael Mayer and choreographed by Bill T. Jones.

Decca Broadway released the original cast recording on December 12, 2006, which won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album in 2008. The guitar Sheik used to compose songs for Spring Awakening is on display at the New York ...

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