Watch Spring Awakening's White House Performance Live!

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The cast of Deaf West Theatre’s acclaimed Broadway production of Spring Awakening, along with writers Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik and director Michael Arden, travel to Washington, DC, Nov. 18 to perform at the White House as part of a convening on Americans with disabilities and the arts, described as a "celebration of diversity and inclusion."

Spring Awakening’s full cast will perform several songs from the show in the White House South Court Auditorium and lead a workshop. Attendees will include 100 local students from the DC area.

"The White House Convening on Americans with Disabilities and the Arts: A Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion" will be live-streamed at from 4 PM-7 PM ET Nov. 18.

This event, part of the 25th anniversary year of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 40th anniversary year of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), will "highlight opportunities and innovative practices for Americans with disabilities to be employed in and participate in the arts," according to press notes. "Other participants include Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, and Greg Renier, Director of Theater, National Endowment for the Arts."

Spring Awakening, directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Spencer Liff, is currently playing on Broadway in a limited engagement through Jan. 24, 2016, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). As the show is normally dark on Wednesdays, there were no performances scheduled for Nov. 18.

The Deaf West production of Spring Awakening, re-imagined and performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language, officially opened on Broadway Sept. 27. It's been nine years since the groundbreaking rock musical stormed Broadway in 2006.

Read "The Language of Silence," about how the Deaf and hearing actors communicate

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