Spring Awakening at Firehouse Center
Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of the controversial Frank Wedekind play (1891). Featuring music by Duncan Sheik and book/lyrics by Steven Sater, the story is set in late 19th century Germany with teenagers as the main characters. Colors and seasons are the metaphors that add dimensions to the experiences made manifest in that place between childhood and adulthood, where desires overwhelm innocence -- crushing some, pushing others out to sea, and listing among the survivors only those who learn to ride the waves through the tumultuous rite of passage that is puberty.
The original play was banned in Germany due to its sometimes harshly honest portrayal of abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide. The musical version of Spring Awakening received eleven 2007 Tony Award nominations, and went on to win eight, including Tony(s) for Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Book, Best Score and Best Featured Actor. The show also won four Drama Desk Awards, while its London production won four Olivier Awards.