The offer is for "the truly adventurous theatregoer," according to the announcement.
Observers say the idea of putting the public on stage (in seating that flanks the action) underlines the musical's idea of the watchfulness of the community in the anxious musical drama about teenagers fumbling into adulthood.
The recent spring-summer Off-Broadway world premiere of Spring Awakening, directed by Michael Mayer and written by Duncan Sheik (music) and Steven Sater (book and lyrics), also offered onstage seating at the Atlantic Theater Company.
At Broadway's Eugene O'Neill, 25 seats priced at $31.25 will put playgoers in the heart of the experience (although there is no physical audience participation).
Theatregoers can purchase these unique seats in advance (at the box office only) but there are special requirements:
Spring Awakening begins performances Nov. 16 at 8 PM at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 230 W. 49th Street. Opening night is Dec. 10. Tickets are available through Telecharge (212) 239-6200) or online at www.springawakening.com.
Based on the expressionist drama by Frank Wedekind, Spring Awakening will feature Skylar Astin, Lilli Cooper, Christine Estabrook, John Gallagher, Jr., Gideon Glick, Jonathan Groff, Brian Charles Johnson, Lea Michele, Lauren Pritchard, Stephen Spinella, Phoebe Strole, Jonathan B. Wright and Remy Zaken. The ensemble includes Gerard Canonico, Jennifer Damiano, Robert Hager and Krysta Rodriguez.
The choreography is by Bill T. Jones; the design is by Christine Jones (scenic), Susan Hilferty (costume), Kevin Adams (lighting) and Brian Ronan (sound).