Thursday, October 26, 2006

Spring Awakening

A new Broadway musical, "Spring Awakening", will arrive November 16 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City.

The musical is based on the infamous 1891 Frank Wedekind play and features an original score by Grammy-nominated recording star Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. The New York Times' Charles Isherwood says of the show,
A fresh breeze of true inspiration blows steadily through this ambitious if imperfect show, which features alluringly melancholy music by the pop singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater. "Spring Awakening," is an adaptation of the once-scandalous 1891 play by Frank Wedekind, the German playwright. But Mr. Sheik and Mr. Sater have not transposed Wedekind's fragmented meditation on the pleasures and dangers of hormonal efflorescence to a suburban American junior high school, circa yesterday, as you might expect. Nor do they traffic in pastiche, the lingua franca of contemporary musicals. Instead, they invest Wedekind's young boys with the anachronistic souls of would-be rock 'n' roll stars, dreamers and screamers strutting on stages in their minds. The conceit is bold, funny and inviting, and it is matched by a vibrant production from the director, Michael Mayer, that is all of those things, too.

"The Bitch of Living" music video

"Spring Awakening" preview video


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