Stephen Spinella Will Be Voice of Authority in Spring Awakening

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Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella will play the adult male authority figures in the new Broadway musical, Spring Awakening, the producers announced.

Stephen Spinella
Stephen Spinella

The Duncan Sheik-Steven Sater musical based on the 1891 Frank Wedekind play uses two "adult" actors to bounce off of a "youth" cast, telling a tale of teens lost in ignorance and fear — a repressive atmosphere fostered by parents, teachers and clergy.

Frank Wood (Side Man) played the adult in the Off-Broadway run of the rock musical earlier this year for Atlantic Theater Company. The female adult has not been announced for Broadway (Mary McCann played her at the Atlantic).

Performances begin at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Nov. 16, a day earlier than first announced. Opening remains Dec. 10.

Spinella won two Tony Awards for his roles in both parts of Angels in America — in 1993, as Best Featured Actor (Play) for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, and in 1994, as Best Actor (Play) for Angels in America: Perestroika.

He was also Tony-nominated in 2000 as Best Featured Actor (Musical) for James Joyce's The Dead. He was recently seen on the hit series "24" playing Miles Papazian, a key figure in the Department of Homeland Security. Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik (music) and Steven Sater (book and lyrics) is directed by Michael Mayer.

Rehearsals begin in October with the entire Off-Broadway youth ensemble returning: Skylar Astin (Georg), Lilli Cooper (Martha), John Gallagher Jr. (Moritz), Gideon Glick (Ernst), Jonathan Groff (Melchior), Brian Johnson (Otto), Lea Michele (Wendla), Lauren Pritchard (Ilse), Phoebe Strole (Anna), Jonathan B. Wright (Hanschen) and Remy Zaken (Thea).

The producing team for Spring Awakening is Ira Pittelman, Tom Hulce, Jeffrey Richards & Jerry Frankel.

The performance schedule is as follows: Monday, Wednesday-Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 & 8 PM, Sunday at 2 & 7 PM. During Thanksgiving week there will be a special performance Tuesday Nov. 21 at 8 PM (no Wednesday performance). Tickets will be available through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 with "Day of Performance Student Rush" tickets also offered.

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