Radical Sheik: Spring Awakening Bonus Track Sung by Composer Available on iTunes

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A bonus track for the Spring Awakening cast recording — sung by the show's composer, Duncan Sheik — is available on iTunes.

The song is "There Once Was a Pirate," which was the Act Two opener in the musical's world premiere Off-Broadway run at the Atlantic Theater Company this past summer but was cut for the Broadway run, which opened Dec. 10. It was replaced by a new song called "The Guilty Ones."

Decca Broadway released the cast recording Dec. 12. The company is also aiming to get songs from the album played on radio stations.

Boasting a rock score by Sheik (the song "Barely Breathing") and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, Spring Awakening began previews at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Nov. 16. It transferred from its world premiere at Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theatre Company, which opened June 15 and enjoyed several extensions.

The musical, directed by Michael Mayer with choreography by Bill T. Jones, is based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play, which was scandalous in its day for addressing sex, violence and suicide. Two actors play all the adult roles as an ensemble of young people strut, rant, wonder and wish as their characters search to understand the coming of age that they cannot avoid.

Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff head the cast as, respectively, teens Wendla and Melchior, who are drawn to each other in a world where parents, ministers and teachers create an atmosphere of shame, silence and ignorance. Also returning in the roles they created Off-Broadway are Skylar Astin (Georg), Lilli Cooper (Martha), John Gallagher Jr. (Moritz), Gideon Glick (Ernst), Brian Johnson (Otto), Lauren Pritchard (Ilse), Phoebe Strole (Anna), Jonathan B. Wright (Hanschen) and Remy Zaken (Thea). New to the Broadway production, as the two adults, are Stephen Spinella and Christine Estabrook.

The Eugene O'Neill Theatre is at 230 West 49th Street. Tickets are available through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or online at www.springawakening.com.

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