Spring Awakening

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Previewed 21 March 2009, Opened 26 March 2009, Closed 30 May 2009 at the Novello Theatre in London

Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's new musical Spring Awakening in London at the Novello Theatre in a production directed by Michael Mayer.

A New Musical - Spring Awakening - Innocence Rocked! In a world where adults hold all the cards, three school friends experience the exhilarating, turbulent journey into adulthood... Spring Awakening is a vibrant and poignant story about a brilliant young student Melchior, his troubled friend Moritz, and Wendla, a beautiful teenage girl - all on a voyage of personal discovery and sexual awakening. Inspired by Frank Wedekind's 1891 masterpiece of repressed emotion and adolescent passion, Spring Awakening, which features a thrilling contemporary score, explodes onto the West End stage following a sell-out seasson at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre from January to March 2009. Staged in London by the entire original creative team behind the highly acclaimed New York production and featuring a new British cast. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the themes and some strong language this show is recommended for audiences aged 14 plus.

"Spring Awakening arrives after rave reviews in New York; and, despite its setting in dour 19th-century Germany, and its dwelling on teen sex, abortion and suicide, it certainly has an American, Broadway freshness to it... Yet the promising strands of the first half are lost when they come to a head later on. It all becomes grim, one-way traffic, in song as in plot, and runs away too fast for us to care... At least a bright cast and an excellent set can make us forgive its youthful weaknesses." The Sunday Times

"Frank Wedekind was... a controversial figure who dared to put sex and hypocrisy centre stage. His Spring Awakening from 1891 is a no-holds-barred take on adolescent sexuality and adult repression. The new musical version - fresh from Broadway and recast with young British talent - has lost none of the disturbing power of the original. The production retains the 19th Century setting, but when the lads pull out microphones from beneath their navy woollen suits, they undergo a dramatic transformation. Suddenly they look and sound like the coolest, contemporary pop stars. Duncan Sheik's rock score is unmemorable and unremarkable, but Bill T. Jones's modern choreography - lots of body-popping - forcefully expresses the adolescents' psychological turbulence... It should be compulsory for all teenagers, who would be well advised to spare their parents' blushes by leaving them at home." The Mail on Sunday

Spring Awakening in London at the Novello Theatre previewed from 21 March 2009, opened on 26 March 2009 and closed on 30 May 2009.