Look Back at Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, and More in the Original Broadway Production of Spring Awakening

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The Tony Award–winning musical opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre December 10, 2006.
Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in Spring Awakening.
Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in Spring Awakening. Monique Carboni

The original Broadway production of Spring Awakening opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre December 10, 2006. The musical, directed by Michael Mayer and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, played 28 previews and 859 performances before closing January 18, 2009. The production earned 11 Tony Award nominations, winning eight, including Best Musical.

Based on Frank Wedekind's play of the same name, Spring Awakening depicts a dozen young people making their way through the thrilling, complicated, and mysterious time of sexual awakening. The musical features music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater.

The production starred Jonathan Groff as Melchior, Lea Michele as Wendla, John Gallagher, Jr. as Mortiz, Skylar Astin as George, Lilli Cooper as Martha, Gideon Glick as Ernst, Brian Charles Johnson as Otto, Lauren Pritchard as Ilse, Phoebe Strole as Anna, Jonathan B. Wright as Hanschen, Reemy Zaken as Thea, Christine Estabrook as the Adult Women, and Stephen Spinella as the Adult Men with ensemble members Gerard Canonico, Jennifer Damiano, Robert Hager, and Krysta Rodriguez. Rounding out the company were Robert L. Devaney and Frances Mercanti-Anthony as swings.

Spring Awakening featured scenic design by Christine Jones, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Kevin Adams, and sound design by Brian Ronan with stage management by Heather Cousens, Rick Steiger, and Bethany Russell. For the complete cast and creative team, visit PlaybillVault.com/SpringAwakening.

Spring Awakening returned to Broadway nine years later in a Michael Arden-helmed revival with Deaf West Theatre. The production would go on to earn three Tony Award nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical.

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