Despite "Strictly Limited Engagement," Spring Awakening Extends on Broadway

News   Despite "Strictly Limited Engagement," Spring Awakening Extends on Broadway
 
The Deaf West production of Spring Awakening, re-imagined and performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language, has been given an additional two weeks on Broadway despite it originally being billed as a "strictly limited engagement." 

"I couldn't be more thrilled at the response that early audiences are having at Spring Awakening," said producer Ken Davenport in a statement. "I've never witnessed anything like it. And I'm so thankful that the scheduling Gods are allowing us to take up residence at the Brooks Atkinson for a couple more weeks to allow more people to see this extraordinary cast and very special production." 

The limited engagement will now run through Jan. 24, 2016, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Spring Awakening is currently in previews and will open Sept. 27.

Davenport, Cody Lassen, Hunter Arnold and Deaf West Theatre (artistic director David J. Kurs) present the production, which is directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Spencer Liff. Previews began Sept. 8.

The cast includes Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus, who appeared together on NBC’s “Smash.” Rodriguez was also in the original Broadway production of Spring Awakening, and Mientus was in the first national tour. While in rehearsals, Rodriguez is also going through treatments for breast cancer. Read about her story and how she remains feeling beautiful during radiation treatments.

The cast also includes Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin, Golden Globe Award winner Camryn Manheim, Drama Desk Award nominee Patrick Page, Theater World Award winner Russell Harvard, Miles Barbee, Katie Boeck, Alex Boniello, Joshua Castille, Daniel Durant, Treshelle Edmond, Sandra Mae Frank, Kathryn Gallagher, Sean Grandillo, Amelia Hensley, Lauren Luiz, Austin McKenzie, Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez, Daniel David Stewart, Ali Stroker, Alexandra Winter and Alex Wyse.

Robert Ariza, Lizzy Cuesta, Van Hughes, Ren, Elizabeth Greene and Daniel Marmion are swings.

Read "The Language of Silence," about how the Deaf and hearing actors communicate

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The creative team includes Dane Laffrey (scenic and costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Gareth Owen (sound design) and Lucy Mackinnon (projection design). New York casting is by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, CSA, and original casting was by Beth Lipari and Bruce Newberg.

The Tony-winning musical by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik is a soulful coming-of-age story set in 19th century Germany (based on the 1891 play of the same title by Frank Wedekind) that sent shockwaves through Broadway in 2006. The staging is based on the Deaf West Theatre production that is performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English.

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The revival is a transfer of the recent production at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, CA, that was co-produced by The Wallis and Los Angeles-based Deaf West Theatre and Forest of Arden, whose founder, Arden, directed with choreography by Liff. It was first presented in L.A. at Inner-City Arts.

Watch a clip from that production:

 

 

Spring Awakening earned the Tony Award as Best Musical in 2007, and launched the careers of Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff.

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Deaf West Theatre is best known outside its home base for the Tony-nominated 2003 revival of Big River that moved to Broadway.

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The Annenberg production of Spring Awakening was co-presented by the Wallis, Deaf West Theatre and Cody Lassen for a limited 22-performance engagement May 21-June 7 in the Bram Goldsmith Theater. The production was developed and previously workshopped with Deaf West by Arden and Mientus.

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