Socha Is Spring Awakening's New Wendla Beginning May 20

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Spring Awakening ensemble member Alexandra Socha steps up to the role of Wendla Bergman in the Tony Award-winning rock musical at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre May 20.

Original cast member Lea Michele – who created the role of the ill-fated Wendla in Spring Awakening's original workshops as well as its Off-Broadway and Main Stem incarnations – played her last performance in the musical May 18.

Socha made her 2007 Broadway debut in the Duncan Sheik-Steven Sater musical last year, understudying the role of Wendla and performing in the ensemble. Socha's professional stage credits include appearances with the American Stage Festival and the Lyric Stage.

On May 23, Spring Awakening will also welcome a new leading man when Canadian singer-songwriter Kyle Riabko succeeds Tony-nominated actor Jonathan Groff in the role of Melchior Gabor. Groff also exited the Broadway production May 19.

The Spring Awakening company also features Blake Bashoff (Moritz), Skylar Astin (Georg), Lilli Cooper (Martha), Blake Daniel (Ernst), Brian Charles Johnson (Otto), Emma Hunton (Ilse), Phoebe Strole (Anna), Matt Doyle (Hanschen), Remy Zaken (Thea), Christine Estabrook (Adult Women), Glenn Fleshler (Adult Men), Gerard Canonico, Alice Lee, Eryn Murman and Matt Shingledecker.

Based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind, Spring Awakening won eight 2007 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The production features direction by Michael Mayer, choreography by Bill T. Jones, book and lyrics by Steven Sater and a score by Duncan Sheik. Spring Awakening launches a national tour at San Francisco's Curran Theatre Sept. 4-Oct. 12. Prior to officially hitting the road, Spring Awakening will rock San Diego's Balboa Theatre Aug. 15-31. Casting for the tour will be announced shortly.

Songs featured in the Tony-winning score are "All That's Known," "And Then There Were None," "Blue Wind/Don't Do Sadness," "Left Behind," "Mamma Who Bore Me," "My Junk, "The Bitch of Living," "The Dark I Know Well," "The Guilty Ones," "The Song of Purple Summer," "The Word of Your Body," "Those You've Known," "Totally Fucked," "Touch Me," "Whispering" and "The Mirror-Blue Night."

The musical made its world premiere Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company in June 2006. Spring Awakening transferred to Broadway the following November, where it continues to play at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.

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