Running since: November, 2006 An alt-rock adaptation of Wedekind's controversial drama of youthful desire, the show received the best set of reviews in recent seasons. Now featuring Hunter Parrish (from TV's "Weeds") in the heartthrob role.
The Broadway production of Spring Awakening closed January 18, 2009. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's youthful and risque treatment of a 19th century play about adolescent sexual awakening is one of the more "blue" efforts ever on Broadway - think Chicago as performed by the kids on "TRL". Best for mature audiences, as the fogeys will probably leave a little shocked and disappointed (as likely was the case back in 1891). Full plot here.
The show originally premiered at the Atlantic Theater Company, and surfed a steady tide of buzz all the way to the 2006 Tony's, where it won 8 awards, including Best Musical. Definitely best for the young adult audience (and those with relatively recent memories of having been part of it).
There are 25 $30 onstage seats sold for each performance - you have to get there on time, put any personal belongings in a backstage locker, and be prepared for several hundred folks to be looking in your general direction for a couple hours.
Mature Audiences - adult themes, much depiction of sex.
May be inappropriate for 13 and under. (Spring Awakening is recommended for mature audiences - for strong language, brief nudity, and adult themes.) Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in theatre.
Here's a bit of press reel - warning, mature language:
2007 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, Best Lighting Design of a Musical. 2006-2007 Drama Desk Awards - Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics. 2006-2007 Best Musical Award, New York Drama Critics Circle. 2006-2007 Outer Critics Circle Awards: Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Outstanding Score, Outstanding Director of a Musical 2006-2007 Distinguished Production of a Musical Award, Drama League 2007 Lortel Award, Outstanding Musical.
...the best Broadway musical of the year. It is sexy, original and beautifully crafted by a creative team that found a perfect way to make Frank Wedekind's 1891 Teutonic shocker sing to today's audiences.
A sad, haunting lyric drifts through "Spring Awakening," a remarkable rock musical that has transferred from off-Broadway to Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre with all its potent, gutsy theatricality intact.
...it's not the bare story, nor the lightly detailed characters, that make "Spring Awakening" work. It's all in the telling, in the exciting feeling you get of being in on something fresh and different.
New York Daily News
Great news for theatergoers who have craved a new musical with attitude, youthful exuberance and a fresh, gutsy sound: "Spring Awakening,"... is what they've been seeking.
New York Magazine
Improbably, a pop songwriter and a bunch of teenagers have made the Broadway musical seem grown-up again. They've softened an edge or two of the original play, but this is still the raciest thing on Broadway. Sex, violence, dying young: It hits all the high points of Wedekind's story (and the high points of pop music).
New York Observer
...in its refined, imaginative simplicity, it daringly reverses all the conventional rules by returning the American musical to an original state of innocence. How it achieves this must be seen to be believed.
New York Post
The electricity is generated by a terrific tribe of young actors working with an authentic pop-rock score by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik that punches its story home. But in the final count, the night is made heart-rending and magical by themes common to all - youth and dependency, just the weird human chemistry of growing up.
New York Times
A straight shot of eroticism steamed open last night at the Eugene O'Neill Theater under the innocuous name of "Spring Awakening," and Broadway, with its often puerile sophistication and its sterile romanticism, may never be the same.
A gorgeous score. A passionate story. A charismatic production. All that plus a gifted ensemble of fresh faces (and voices) bursts forth on Broadway in the exciting new musical drama "Spring Awakening."
Spring Awakening did not merely open at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre last night. The action was more like ripping open, more like breaking out, more like tearing into the pretend pop and reused plots that pass for new musicals on Broadway today.
Beautiful, messy, exhilarating, awkward, vital: They're all adjectives you might use to describe first love. So it's fitting that you could also readily apply them to Spring Awakening, the imperfect but transcendent new musical...
...the skill with which director Michael Mayer has conveyed the original's dramatic substance accounts for a large share of the enthusiasm that has greeted the show's Broadway transfer. An additional layer of excitement comes from the musical numbers' inventive relationship to Wedekind's scenes...