Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez Will Star in Spring Awakening for Deaf West

News   Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez Will Star in Spring Awakening for Deaf West
The critically acclaimed Deaf West Theatre immersive production of the Tony-winning Spring Awakening — performed simultaneously this past September in American Sign Language and spoken English — will be presented at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills beginning May 21.

A scene from <i>Spring Awakening</i>
A scene from Spring Awakening Photo by Tate Tullier

Co-presented by the Wallis, Deaf West Theatre and Cody Lassen, the limited 22-performance engagement will continue through June 7 in the Bram Goldsmith Theater.

Directed by Michael Arden with musical direction by Jared Stein and choreography by Spencer Liff, the production will officially open May 28.

The newly announced cast features performers signing ASL and speaking roles including Joey Antonio, Hillary Baack, Miles Barbee, Sean Barna, Katie Boeck, Joshua Castille, Julian Comeau, Daniel N. Durant, Treshelle Edmond, Sandra Mae Frank, Kathryn Gallagher, Gabrielle Garza, Sean Grandillo, Karla Gutierrez, Amelia Hensley, Lauren M. Luiz, Daniel Marmion, Austin McKenzie, Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez, Natacha Roi, Howie Seago, Daniel David Stewart, Ali Stroker, Alexandra Winter and Alex Wyse.

The creative team includes set and costume designer Dane Laffrey, lighting designer Ben Stanton and projection designer Lucy MacKinnon.

Read the feature: "The Word of Your Body" is Reborn in Deaf West's Spring Awakening  

Deaf West Theatre artistic director David J. Kurs stated, "We are honored and humbled to welcome new additions to the cast, including veterans of the Broadway and touring productions, into the Deaf West family. Their presence speaks to the artistic standards we strive to maintain and to continually elevate. We are thrilled to be able to bring our loyal patrons and new audiences another opportunity to see our expanded production of Spring Awakening at the beautiful Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, with our award winning design elements expanded in scope to fill the larger space."

“The mix of sign language and choreography performed by this amazing young cast brings the songs to life in a completely new way,” said director Arden in an earlier statement. “It’s our hope that this reimagining will kindle a new connection between the hearing and deaf communities.”

One of Deaf West's previous productions, Big River, transferred to Broadway in 2003 and was nominated for Best Revival of a Musical. Deaf West itself won a special Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre in 2004.

Spring Awakening features book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. Based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 expressionist play of the same name, the musical, according to press notes, "follows the lives of a group of adolescents as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness."

The production was developed and previously workshopped with Deaf West by Arden and Andy Mientus.

Tickets for the upcoming engagement are $19-$99 and are available at or by calling (310) 746-4000 or in person at The Wallis Ticket Services located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA.

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