Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus and 20 Newcomers Set for Broadway's Spring Awakening

News   Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus and 20 Newcomers Set for Broadway's Spring Awakening
 
Ken Davenport, Cody Lassen, Hunter Arnold and Deaf West Theatre announced July 30 that the actors who played the rebellious students in the acclaimed Deaf West production of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening will transfer with the musical to Broadway.

Directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Spencer Liff, the production will feature 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.

Joining the previously announced Academy and Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Marlee Matlin will be 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.

The Los Angeles cast will be joined by swings Robert Ariza, Lizzy Cuesta, Van Hughes, Ren and one more to be announced.

Final casting of the adult roles will be announced shortly.

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.

As previously reported, the Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening, a soulful coming-of-age story by Sater and Sheik that sent shockwaves through Broadway in 2006, has booked Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The staging is based on the Deaf West Theatre production that will be performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English by a cast of 27.

The limited engagement will begin performances Sept. 8, open Sept. 27 and continue through Jan. 9, 2016. The musical is a coming-of-age story set in 19th century Germany, based on the 1891 play of the same title by Frank Wedekind.

Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster or by calling (877) 250-2929. The Atkinson box office will open Monday, Aug. 17.

The revival will be a Broadway 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, Michael Arden, directed with choreography by Spencer Liff. It was first presented in L.A. at Inner-City Arts.

Watch a clip from that production:

 

 

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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. Directed by Arden with musical direction by Jared Stein and choreography by Liff, the production officially opened May 28.

The production was developed and previously workshopped with Deaf West by Arden and Mientus.

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