Five-hundred teens from the New York City area will participate in the event. Teen specialist Dr. Tiffany Brown will also be on hand. According to a press release, the town hall "will focus on the issues of pressure, identity and love and how teens today vs. yester-year are grappling with young adulthood."
The event will be recorded, and clips will go up on the teen-aimed site AOL Red and The-N.com (the website of the The N network, where "Degrassi" airs) in mid-May.
For information on how to attend the event, visit springawakening.com/degrassi.
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 Eugene O'Neill Theatre is at 230 West 49th Street. For more information on the show visit springawakening.com.