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Variety reports that the Duncan Sheik-Steven Sater musical's recoupment was helped by a strong summer that followed its win of eight Tony Awards this past June. Producer Ira Pittelman told the industry paper that the musical currently has an advance between $3.5 and $4 million.
As previously reported, a national tour of the rock musical is scheduled to begin in September 2008 in San Francisco. A London production, Variety reports, may open in late fall of 2008. International productions in Japan, Korea, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands are also in development.
"There's probably nothing more effective than winning eight Tonys," Pittelman told Variety. "That was the final validation for all those traditional theatregoers who weren't sure this was a show they wanted to see."
Spring Awakening won eight 2007 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. With direction by Michael Mayer and choreography by Bill T. Jones, the musical is based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play. The musical made its world premiere Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company in June 2006. It transferred to Broadway the following November, where it continues to play to packed houses at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.