Spring Awakening Box Office Ignites Post-Tonys

News   Spring Awakening Box Office Ignites Post-Tonys Spring Awakening producers have reason to celebrate. Not only did the acclaimed musical win eight Tony Awards, but the box office has seen a tremendous spike in business since the June 10 Tony telecast began.

Remy Zaken in Spring Awakening.
Remy Zaken in Spring Awakening. Photo by Joan Marcus

Jeffrey Richards, a spokesperson for (and a producer of) the musical at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, told Playbill.com that by the end of the day June 11 he expects the Steven Sater-Duncan Sheik musical to have taken in "between $1.2 and $1.3 million.

"It's very exciting. We're all really thrilled," Richards added. Richards said that, pre-Tonys, the musical was averaging $150,000 a day at the box office.

Spring Awakening, the most-honored show at the Tony Awards, won prizes for Best Musical, Best Director of a Musical (Michael Mayer), Best Original Score (Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater), Best Book of a Musical (Steven Sater), Best Orchestrations (Duncan Sheik), Best Featured Actor in a Musical (John Gallagher, Jr.), Best Choreography (Bill T. Jones) and Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Kevin Adams).

Both Grey Gardens and Curtains, which were also 2007 Tony winners, said their June 11 box-office figures are higher than usual. A spokesperson for Mary Poppins also said "it's been a good day" for the Disney-Cameron Mackintosh musical.

Spring Awakening has music by Duncan Sheik, lyrics and book by Steven Sater, direction by Michael Mayer and choreography by Bill T. Jones. The musical is based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play, which was scandalous in its day for addressing sex, violence and suicide. Two actors play all the adult roles, and the others in the ensemble cast plays teenagers. Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele play the lead roles of two teens drawn to each other in a world where parents, ministers and teachers create an atmosphere of shame, silence and ignorance.

Spring Awakening began previews at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Nov. 16, 2006, and opened Dec. 10, 2006. Its world premiere was Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company, where it opened June 15, 2006.

The cast of Tony Award winner for Best Musical <i>Spring Awakening</i>.
The cast of Tony Award winner for Best Musical Spring Awakening. Photo by Joan Marcus