Spring Awakening is a hit rock musical with lyrics and book by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. It is an adaptation of the 19th century German play written by Frank Wedekind. However, it wasn’t until 1906 that the play premiered at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. Due to its controversial and sensitive subject-matter, it faced a lot of resistance and was also banned in Germany.
The theme of the musical is sexual awakening. It highlights serious issues such as child abuse, rape, abortion and homosexuality.
Spring Awakening premiered on Broadway in 2006 to an overwhelming response. Its success led to various other productions of the musical around the world.
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Original Broadway Production Information
|Basis||Director||Composer/Lyricist||Writer||Choreographer||Scenic Designer||Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind||Michael Mayer||Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater||Steven Sater||Bill T. Jones||Christine Jones|
About the Show
Plot-Set in 19th century Germany, the rock musical follows a group of teenagers on their journey to sexual and intellectual awakening.
The relationship between the characters of Melchior and Wendla is central to the plot. The two are attracted to each other both physically and intellectually. What draws them towards each other is a mutual need to question the norms of the society and challenge the same with reasoning and logic. Both find their conversations intellectually stimulating and hence there is a feeling of mutual understanding which they are unable to find elsewhere.
The innocent flirting between the two leads them into an intimate situation where they are overpowered by their emotions. When Melchior makes advances towards Wendla, she hesitates to reciprocate owing to the values and morals instilled in her.
Among other characters in the plot is Melchior’s best friend Moritz who struggles in school and is under immense pressure from his parents to succeed. Martha who is a friend of Wendla, has a crush on Moritz and is often teased by other girls for it. She suffers at the hands of her abusive father.
With only each other for guidance and support, the inquisitive, confused and rebellious bunch of teenagers discover their minds, bodies and themselves along the way.
Music- Spring Awakening is divided into two acts. Act I comprise of eleven songs while Act II consists of eight. The play opens with the number ‘Mama who bore me’ featuring Wendla.
The music score is given by the legendary composer Duncan Sheik. The original cast recording album won a Grammy for the ‘Best Musical Show Album’ in 2008. Other famous songs in the musical are ‘The Song of Purple Summer,’ ‘My Junk,’ ‘Those who’ve known’ and ‘Left Behind.’
It was first staged in New York in 1917. The show was threatened with closure by the Commissioner of Licenses who claimed that the play’s content was pornographic.
The Off-Broadway premiere of the rock musical Spring Awakening was held at the Atlantic Theater Company on May 19, 2006.
The Broadway premiere of the musical was held on December 10, 2006 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. The show was directed by Michael Mayer, choreographed by Bill T. Jones with Susan Hilferty, Christine Jones and Kevin Adams as Costume, set and lighting designer, respectively.
The 2015 Broadway revival of the musical focused on making theatre accessible and enjoyable for people with disabilities. Its cast hence featured deaf actors.
Reviews, Awards and Accolades
Since the musical opened on Broadway back in 2006, it has earned favorable reviews from fans and critics alike. The New York Times described it as ‘A first-rate production of a transporting musical,’ while Newsday termed it as ‘Revelatory & Moving. An Original All Its Own.’
During the award season following its Broadway premiere, Spring Awakening bagged an impressive eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Costume Design.
It was also nominated for Drama Desk Awards in nine categories. Out of these, it won in three categories namely Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics.
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Spring Awakening is essentially an emotional and at the same time vibrant celebration of youth and rebellion. It fuses sexuality, morality and rock ‘n’ roll to create a show that strikes an emotional chord with each member sitting in the audience. To experience and understand the various predicaments that consume an adolescent’s life, get your Spring Awakening single day tickets here.