Sping Awakening Review - The Perfect Warm Weather Musical

The 2010-2011 National Tour of SPRING AWAKENING has finally arrived to adorn the opulent stage of the Oriental Theatre through Mother’s Day.

SPRING AWAKENING depicts multiple tales of a provincial German town’s teenagers during the 1890s.  What makes this musical drama so remarkable is that the repressions these teenagers endured so long ago by teachers, parents and each other mimic the growing-up experiences teenagers have experienced throughout the 20th century until today.

The  8 Tony Award winning musical opened for a week-long run at the Oriental Theatre, 24 West Randolph Street.

The play handles the subject matter – including blossoming sexuality, sexual abuse, sexual naïveté and homosexuality – with candid expressions of understanding and misunderstanding via an assortment of Tony-award winning songs and extreme dances. The energy does not slow up for a moment.

Based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind, the book and lyrics are by Steven Sater with music (including many rock and roll songs) by Duncan Sheik.

The young ensemble cast has several outstanding main characters including Elizabeth Judd as Wendla, the innocent young lover; and Coby Getzug as Moritz, her experienced lover.

Christine Jones does an interesting interpretation of a multi-use school gymnasium as the set designer; Susan Helferty designs the believable school frocks of the male and female students as costume designer; Kevin Adams creates interesting special effects as the lighting designer; and Brian Roan lends his expertise with sound design.

The Broadway production of SPRING AWAKENING opened on December 10, 2006.  The original cast recording won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

 The performance schedule for SPRING AWAKENING is:

               Wednesday May 4th at 7:30 PM

               Thursday May 5th at 7:30 PM

               Friday May 6th at 8 PM

               Saturday May 7th at 2 PM and 8 PM

               Sunday May 8th at 2 PM and 7:30 PM

Tickets are available at all Broadway in Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph Street, 151 W. Randolph Street, 18 W. Monroe Street, 175 E. Chestnut Street), the Broadway in Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Avenue) and the Broadway in Chicago Ticket Line at 800-775-2000. Tickets are also available at al Ticketmaster retail locations and online at www.BroadwayinChicago.com.


The tour will also feature a limited number of on-stage tickets for purchase.  For more information, please visit www.springawakeningontour.com or www.BroadwayinChicago.com


Photos by Andy Snow






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