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Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater

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Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

This 2007 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical is based on the highly controversial and oft-censored 1891 play by German playwright Frank Wedekind.


In late 19th-century Germany, teenagers struggle to cope with the sexual mysteries of puberty. Moritz has been having dreams that he can’t explain - dreams that make him feel insane. When Melchior attempts to explain their sexual nature to him, they only get worse. Wendla attempts in vain to learn more about her body and her transformation to womanhood, but is instead forced to learn from experience. Melchior, the most handsome and intelligent boy in school, struggles to handle his changing emotions and give his friends the aid they need. Faced with sexual repression and an often-unjust class of adults, these teenagers attempt to walk the difficult road to emotional and physical maturity the best they can.

Parental Advisory: Contains Explicit Content

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Brooks Atkinson Theatre
256 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036
New York, NY

Info and Directions

7 PM
7 PM
7 PM
8 PM
2 & 8 PM
3 & 7:30 PM

Important Dates
PREVIEWS: Sep 8, 2015
OPENING: Sep 27, 2015
CLOSING: Jan 24, 2016

Run Time
2 hours and 20 minutes (1 Intermission)

NOTE: Most shows have special holiday dates and times. Check the official website for more information.


Duncan Sheik


Lyricist and Librettist
Steven Sater

  • Premiere
  • 2015

Broadway Premiere

Eugene O'Neill Theatre
Opening Night
Dec 10, 2006
Total Performances
Original Cast
Skylar Astin, Gerard Canonico, Lilli Cooper, Jennifer Damiano, Christine Estabrook, John Gallagher Jr., Gideon Glick, Jonathan Groff, Robert Hager, Brian Charles Johnson, Lea Michele, Lauren Pritchard, Krysta Rodriguez, Stephen Spinella, Phoebe Strole, Jonathan B. Wright, Remy Zaken
Michael Mayer
Bill T. Jones
Ira Pittelman, Tom Hulce, Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Atlantic Theater Company, Jeffrey Sine, Freddy DeMann, Max Cooper, Mort Swinsky, Cindy Gutterman, Jay Gutterman, Joe McGinnis, Judith Ann Abrams, ZenDog Productions, CarJac Productions, Aron Bergson Productions, Jennifer Manocherian, Ted Snowdon, Harold Thau, Terry E. Schnuck, Cold Spring Productions, Amanda Dubois, Elizabeth Eynon Wetherell, Jennifer Maloney , Tamara Tunie, Joe Cilibrasi and StyleFour Productions
Musical Director
Kimberly Grigsby
Duncan Sheik
Scenic Design
Christine Jones
Costume Design
Susan Hilferty
Lighting Design
Kevin Adams
Sound Design
Brian Ronan

2015 Broadway Revival

Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Opening Night
Sep 27, 2015
Original Cast
Daniel Durant, Alex Boniello, Sandra Mae Frank, Katie Boeck, Austin McKenzie, Joshua Castille, Daniel David Stewart, Miles Barbee, Sean Grandillo, Treshelle Edmond, Kathryn Gallagher, Marlee Matlin, Amelia Hensley, Lauren Luiz, Andy Mientus, Camryn Manheim, Krysta Rodriguez, Patrick Page, Russell Harvard, Ali Stroker, Alexandra Winter, Alex Wyse
Michael Arden
Spencer Liff
Ken Davenport, David Kurs, Cody Lassen and Deaf West Theatre (David J. Kurs, Artistic Director)
Scenic and Costume Design
Dane Laffrey
Lighting Design
Ben Stanton
Sound Design
Gareth Owen


Original Broadway Cast Album


Vocal Selections


Spring Awakening: In the Flesh Book



2007 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - John Gallagher Jr.
Best Choreography
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Orchestrations
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Actor in a Musical - Jonathan Groff

2007 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Lyrics
Outstanding Music
Outstanding Book of a Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - John Gallagher Jr.
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Jonathan Groff
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Lea Michele
Outstanding Choreography

2007 Theatre World Award Nominations

Jonathan Groff

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