Spring Awakening, Duncan Sheik Musical About Teens on the Verge, Buds Off-Broadway

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19 May 2006

Tony Award winner Frank Wood stars in <I>Spring Awakening</I>.
Tony Award winner Frank Wood stars in Spring Awakening.
Photo by Aubrey Reuben
Spring Awakening, the new musical based on Frank Wedekind's controversial play about teen sexuality, begins Off-Broadway performances May 19.

Atlantic Theater Company presents the world premiere, directed by Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk winner Michael Mayer, whose recent directorial debut as a filmmaker also focused on troubled young love — "A Home at the End of the World." Mayer is the Tony nominated director of Side Man and Thoroughly Modern Millie and more.

The musical based on the Wedekind source material (which, in various translations over the years, has been known as Spring's Awakening, The Awakening of Spring and Spring Awakening) has music by Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater.

Choreography is by Bill T. Jones (The Seven).

Opening is June 15 at ATC's West 20th Street home in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. The limited engagement plays through July 9.



The cast includes Tony winner Frank Wood (Side Man, Hollywood Arms), Mary McCann (The Old Neighborhood, Atlantic's The Night Heron), Skylar Astin, Lilli Cooper, John Gallagher Jr. (Rabbit Hole), Gideon Glick, Jonathan Groff (In My Life), Brian Johnson, Lea Michele (Fiddler on the Roof), Lauren Pritchard, Phoebe Strole, Jonathan B. Wright, Remy Zaken.

According to Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company, "Based on Frank Wedekind's masterpiece The Awakening of Spring, Spring Awakening is the contemporary musical adaptation of one of literature's most controversial plays. [It] boldly depicts a dozen young people and how they make their way through the thrilling, complicated, confusing and mysterious time of their sexual awakening. Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's score features songs that illuminate the urgency of adolescent self-discovery, the burning intensity of teen friendships and the innate suspicion of the uncomprehending adult world. The story centers around a brilliant young student named Melchior (Groff), his troubled friend Moritz (Gallagher Jr.) and Wendla (Michele), a beautiful young girl on the verge of womanhood."

Spring Awakening will play Tuesday through Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. There will be no matinee performance on May 20. There will be an added performance 7:30 PM performance May 21.

All tickets are $60 and available by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or visiting Telecharge.com. For groups, call (212) 691-5919, ext. 1092.

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At every performances there will be 18 seats on sale for $10 each. Those seats are located on stage "mingled in among the actors." Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling (646) 216-1119 or may be purchased at the box office (336 West 20th Street) two hours prior to curtain.

For more information, visit www.atlantictheater.org.