Spring Awakening Tickets
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. During the musical, characters sometimes break the fourth wall to express their frustrations, 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 closed August 17, 2006. The show opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on December 10, 2006 to mostly rave reviews. Spring Awakening received eleven 2007 Tony Award nominations, winning eight, including Tony's 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.
In addition to being shorter, having scenes in a different order, and being phrased differently, the book of the musical has some characterization and plot differences from the Wedekind play. In the play, most of the children dislike Moritz. Except for Melchior and Hanschen, the boys hope that Moritz will get in trouble for breaking into the school records. Thea says that Moritz is always doing something weird. The other boys also insensitively gossip about the method Moritz used to kill himself. In the musical, all the children like Moritz; the other boys are happy for him when he passes his midterms, and all the children look sad at his funeral. Also, in the play Moritz's father doesn't cry at his funeral, but in the musical he breaks down sobbing.
In play the ghost of Moritz tries to convince Melchior to kill himself, but is stopped by the Masked Man. In the musical, Melchior decides to kill himself when he sees the ghost of Moritz, but then the ghosts of Moritz and Wendla convince him not to. A U.S. National Tour is schedule to open starting in fall 2008 at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco, California. The Production Company will be home to the world premiere of Spring Awakening as translated by Francis J. Zeigler and edited by August Viverito. This will also be the first major production of Spring Awakening in Los Angeles in many years.
The play will open September 21st, 2007 and run through October 27th, 2007 in North Hollywood, California at The Chandler Studio. The cast includes Adam Kalesperis (Melchior), Wyatt Fenner (Moritz), Abbie Cobb (Wendla), J.C. Henning (Adult Women), Thomas Mikusz (Adult Men), Blake Lee (Hanschen), Matthew Scott Montgomery (Georg), and Allie Costa (Martha). An Australian production is scheduled and a London production is also scheduled to open in 2008. The producers have announced their intention to mount or license other productions in Israel, Germany, Austria, Spain, Japan, France, the Netherlands, and South Korea. Spring Awakening will be translated into Hebrew, German, Spanish, Japanese, French, Korean, and Dutch in the next couple of years.
Original Broadway cast consists of:
1. Jonathan Groff - Melchior
2. Lea Michele - Wendla
3. John Gallagher Jr. - Moritz
4. Stephen Spinella - Adult Men
5. Christine Estabrook - Adult Women
6. Skylar Astin - Georg
7. Lilli Cooper - Martha
8. Jennifer Damiano - Ensemble
9. Krysta Rodriguez - Ensemble
10. Gideon Glick - Ernst
11. Brian Johnson - Otto
12. Lauren Pritchard - Ilse
13. Phoebe Strole - Anna
14. Jonathan B. Wright - Hanschen
15. Remy Zaken - Thea
16. Gerard Canonico - Ensemble
17. Robi Hager - Ensemble
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