Two Acts, Book Musical, Pop / Rock, Rated R
Original Broadway Version
An angsty, rock musical adaptation of the seminal play about the trials and tribulations of growing up.
The winner of 8 TONY Awards, including Best Musical - told by Duncan
Sheik and Steven Sater through "the most gorgeous Broadway score this
(Entertainment Weekly) - Spring Awakening explores the journey from
adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of
morality, sexuality and rock & roll that is exhilarating audiences
across the nation
like no other musical in years.
It’s Germany, 1891. A world where the grown-ups hold all the cards. The
beautiful young Wendla explores the mysteries of her body, and wonders
babies come from, till Mama tells her to shut it, and put on a
proper dress. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior
interrupts a mind-numbing
Latin drill to defend his buddy Moritz – a boy so traumatized by
puberty he can’t concentrate on anything. Not that the Headmaster cares.
He strikes them
both and tells them to turn in their lesson. One afternoon – in a
private place in the woods – Melchior and Wendla meet by accident, and
soon find within
themselves a desire unlike anything they’ve ever felt. As they
fumble their way into one another’s arms, Moritz flounders and soon
fails out of school.
When even his one adult friend, Melchior’s mother, ignores his plea
for help, he is left so distraught he can’t hear the promise of life
offered by his
outcast friend Ilse. Naturally, the Headmasters waste no time in
pinning the “crime” of Moritz’s suicide on Melchior and expel him. And
soon Mama learns
her little Wendla is pregnant. Now the young lovers must struggle
against all odds to build a world together for their child.
This celebration of rebellion provides the perfect opportunity to feature performers of all types, as well as the flexibility to creatively use costumes, set pieces, and lighting. Featuring a pop-rock score, this is an ideal show for talented vocalists with strong acting abilities. Join this group of late 19th century German students on their
passage as the navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety
in a powerful
celebration of youth and rebellion in the daring, remarkable Spring Awakening.
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The first play ever performed in North America, took place on a boat at Port Royal, Nova Scotia. The production, staged on November 16, 1606, was called Le Th'atre de Neptune en la Nouvelle-France.