The notice lists Ken Davenport, David Kurs, Cody Lassen and Deaf West Theatre as producers. No theatre or preview date is listed, but the notice says rehearsals for the procession will being in early August. The notice doesn't specify Broadway, but says the production will happen in New York.
A July 1 report on Deadline Hollywood story cited no source but said the revival will be a Broadway transfer of the recent production at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, CA, that was co-presented by the 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.
The Equity posting says the producers are seeking hearing and hard-of-hearing actors who sing, for roles including principals and ensemble. Auditions have been scheduled for July 8-10 in New York. A detailed breakdown lists Melchior, Wendla, Moritz and other roles as being up for casting.
"These people were silenced and sterilized, and if you were deaf but you didn't speak, you were considered a failure and would be institutionalized or worse," Arden told Playbill.com when the production premiered last year. "The source material, Frank Wedekind's play, is a comment more than a regular narrative, and now we're giving that comment more of a specific time and place. So it's actually saying something about a certain time and what was going on in people's lives."
A First Look at Deaf West's Spring Awakening With Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez
The report said that the production is waiting for an available theatre to make the official announcement.
Davenport told Playbill.com, "I can't comment. Sorry."
Deaf West Theatre is best known outside its home base for the Tony-nominated 2003 revival of Big River that moved to Broadway.
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.
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Patricia Wolff, interim artistic director of The Wallis, said in a statement earlier this spring, “We are thrilled to welcome to The Wallis Los Angeles’ own Tony-winning Deaf West Theatre, and to share the creativity and joyousness of this brilliant and utterly original production with a broader audience. In Spring Awakening, American Sign Language is not just incorporated but actually choreographed into this emotionally charged musical, creating an organic and beautifully theatrical metaphor, ultimately expanding the theme of adolescent struggle to one that also celebrates the universal human need for communication and connection."
Deaf West Theatre artistic director David J. Kurs added, “We are thrilled to be able to bring our patrons another opportunity to see our unique, mesmerizing production of Spring Awakening. Bringing this production to a bigger stage allows us to bring our show closer to our original vision, including new scenic and projection design elements.”
The original cast of 25 deaf, hard of hearing and hearing actors and musicians included Joey Antonio, Miles Barbee, Jimmy Bellinger, Katie Boeck, Joshua Castille, Julian Comeau, Daniel Durant, Treshelle Edmond, Max Fishman, Sandra Mae Frank, Kathryn Gallagher, Gabrielle Garza, Sean Grandillo, Karla Gutierrez, Joseph Haro, Amelia Hensley, Troy Kotsur, Daniel Marmion, Austin McKenzie, Lauren Patten, Natacha Roi, Rustin Cole Sailors, Daniel David Stewart, Ali Stroker and Alexandra Winter.
“The mix of sign language and choreography performed by this amazing young cast brings the songs to life in a completely new way,” said director Arden in an earlier statement. “It’s our hope that this reimagining will kindle a new connection between the hearing and deaf communities.”
The production had scenic and costume design by Dane Laffrey and Christopher Scott Murillo; lighting design by Travis Hagenbuch; sound design by Philip G. Allen; and hair design by Carol Doran. ASL Masters are Anthony Natale, Elizabeth Greene and Shoshannah Stern.
The production was developed and previously workshopped with Deaf West by Arden and Andy Mientus.