Eugene O'Neill Theatre, (12/10/2006 - 1/18/2009)

First Preview: Nov 16, 2006
Opening Date: Dec 10, 2006
Closing Date: Jan 18, 2009
Total Previews: 28
Total Performances: 859

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (Rocco Landesman: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director)

Produced by 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 StylesFour Productions; Associate Producer: Joan Cullman Productions and Patricia Flicker Addiss

Originally produced by Atlantic Theater Company; Originally produced by special arragement with Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman

Music by Duncan Sheik; Lyrics by Steven Sater; Book by Steven Sater; Music orchestrated by Duncan Sheik; Vocal arrangements by AnnMarie Milazzo; Additional arragements by Simon Hale; Musical Director: Kimberly Grigsby; Based on the play by Frank Wedekind; Associate Musical Dir.: Deborah Abramson

Directed by Michael Mayer; Choreographed by Bill T. Jones

Costume Design by Susan Hilferty; Scenic Design by Christine Jones; Lighting Design by Kevin Adams; Sound Design by Brian Ronan; Associate Scenic Design: Edward Coco; Associate Costume Design: Maiko Matsushima; Associate Lighting Design: Aaron Sporer; Moving Light Programmer: Bobby Harrell

General Manager: Abbie M. Strassler; Company Manager: John E. Gendron

Production Stage Manager: Heather Cousens; Technical Supervisor: Neil A. Mazzella; Stage Manager: Rick Steiger; Associate Tech. Suprvr: Sam Ellis

Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller; Conducted by Kimberly Grigsby; Associate Conductor: Trey Files; Keyboards: Kimberly Grigsby; Guitars: Thad DeBrock; Bass: George Farmer; Drums: Trey Files; Cello: Benjamin Kalb; Violin and Guitar: Oliver Manchon; Viola: Hiroko Taguchi; Music Copyist: Steven Alper

General Press Representative: Jeffrey Richards Associates and Irene Gandy; Casting: Jim Carnahan and Carrie Gardner; Fight direction by J. David Brimmer; Marketing and Promotions, Website Design/Web Marketing: Situation Marketing; Dance Captain: Lauren Pritchard; Fight Captain: Brian Charles Johnson; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Skylar Astin
Broadway debut
Georg
(Nov 16, 2006 - Sep 23, 2007)
Gerard CanonicoEnsemble
Lilli Cooper
Broadway debut
Martha
Jennifer Damiano
Broadway debut
Ensemble
Christine EstabrookThe Adult Women
(Nov 16, 2006 - Dec 20, 2007)
John Gallagher Jr.Moritz
(Nov 16, 2006 - Dec 16, 2007)
Gideon Glick
Broadway debut
Ernst
(Nov 16, 2006 - Aug 25, 2007)
Jonathan GroffMelchior
(Nov 16, 2006 - May 18, 2008)
Robert HagerEnsemble
(Nov 16, 2006 - Aug 25, 2007)
Brian Charles JohnsonOtto
Lea MicheleWendla
(Nov 16, 2006 - May 18, 2008)
Lauren PritchardIlse
(Nov 16, 2006 - Feb 17, 2008)
Krysta RodriguezEnsemble
(Nov 16, 2006 - Jul 20, 2007)
Stephen SpinellaThe Adult Men
Phoebe StroleAnna
(Nov 16, 2006 - Sep 22, 2007)
Jonathan B. WrightHanschen
Remy ZakenThea

Swings: Robert L. Devaney and Frances Mercanti-Anthony

Understudies: Gerard Canonico (Ernst, Georg, Hanschen, Moritz, Otto), Jennifer Damiano (Anna, Martha, Thea, Wendla), Robert L. Devaney (The Adult Men), Robert Hager (Ernst, Georg, Hanschen, Melchior, Otto), Brian Charles Johnson (Georg, Moritz), Frances Mercanti-Anthony (The Adult Women), Krysta Rodriguez (Anna, Ilse, Martha, Thea), Phoebe Strole (Ilse, Wendla) and Jonathan B. Wright (Melchior)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 2007 Best Musical [winner] 

Produced by 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 StylesFour Productions

winner 2007 Best Book of a Musical [winner] 

Book by Steven Sater

winner 2007 Best Original Score [winner] 

Music by Duncan Sheik; Lyrics by Steven Sater

 2007 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Jonathan Groff

winner 2007 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [winner] 

John Gallagher Jr.

winner 2007 Best Choreography [winner] 

Bill T. Jones

winner 2007 Best Direction of a Musical [winner] 

Michael Mayer

winner 2007 Best Orchestrations [winner] 

Duncan Sheik

 2007 Best Scenic Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Christine Jones

 2007 Best Costume Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Susan Hilferty

winner 2007 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [winner] 

Kevin Adams

Drama Desk Award

winner 2007 Outstanding Musical [winner] 

Produced by 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 StylesFour Productions

 2007 Outstanding Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Steven Sater

 2007 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

John Gallagher Jr.

 2007 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Jonathan Groff

 2007 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Lea Michele

 2007 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Bill T. Jones

winner 2007 Outstanding Director of a Musical [winner] 

Michael Mayer

winner 2007 Outstanding Lyrics [winner] 

Lyrics by Steven Sater

winner 2007 Outstanding Music [winner] 

Music by Duncan Sheik

Theatre World

winner 2007 Award [recipient] 

Jonathan Groff

Songs

music by Duncan Sheik; lyrics by Steven Sater

ACT 1 Sung By
Mama Who Bore MeWendla
Mama Who Bore Me (Reprise) Girls
All That's KnownMelchior
The Bitch of LivingMoritz and Boys
My JunkGirls and Boys
Touch MeBoys and Girls
The Word of Your BodyWendla and Melchior
The Dark I Know WellMartha, Ilse and Boys
And Then There Were NoneMoritz and Boys
The Mirror-Blue NightMelchior and Boys
I BelieveBoys and Girls
ACT 2 Sung By
The Guilty OnesWendla, Melchior, Boys and Girls
Don't Do SadnessMoritz
Blue WindIlse
Left BehindMelchior
Totally FuckedMelchior and Full Company
The Word of Your Body (Reprise) Hanschen, Ernst, Boys and Girls
WhisperingWendla
Those You've KnownMoritz, Wendla and Melchior
The Song of Purple SummerFull Company

Reviews


AP: "Spring Awakening potent, gutsy"

A sad, haunting lyric drifts through "Spring Awakening," a remarkable rock musical that has transferred from off-Broadway to Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre with all its potent, gutsy theatricality intact.

"O, I'm gonna be wounded. O, I'm gonna be your wound," sing the anguished young men and women in this tragic tale of spirit and sensuality denied. The world of provincial late 19th century Germany is the setting for Frank Wedekind's classic drama.

The play caused quite a fuss when it was first produced a century ago. But then, plot points include premarital sex, abortion, homosexuality, autoerotism, sadomasochism and incest. Even today, they are likely to cause a stir.

That hasn't deterred adapter and lyricist Steven Sater and composer Duncan Sheik. What they have done here is upend traditional musical theater. They separate story from song, rigidly dividing the saga of these troubled teens as they confront their budding sexuality in a world that wants to keep it hidden. Propriety and appearances are what count, after all.

Sater pretty much follows the Wedekind play, but when the story stops for a tune, the actors pull out microphones or set up a mike stand, and the O'Neill stage explodes in a kind of rock concert, circa 1890.

Despite the division, the show, directed with driving force by Michael Mayer, has astonishing unity, a clarity of purpose. The songs comment on the action, which Mayer pushes with blazing speed. Although production values have been enhanced, the setting, designed by Christine Jones, is still minimal. A small band sits on the nearly empty stage as do the actors when they are not performing. The performers mingle among several rows of theatergoers also seated on the sides of the playing area.

Sheik, a singer-songwriter best known for the 1996 hit "Barely Breathing," writes rhythmic, driving melodies that neatly capture the frenetic uncertainty of the characters. Yet there is a quiet, introspective quality to some of his more mournful songs. Sater's intelligent lyrics display a sense of poetry without feeling precious.

"Spring Awakening" focuses on a trio of individuals, most prominently Melchoir, played by Jonathan Groff, a leading man in-the-making. Blessed with a fine singing voice and serious acting chops, Groff portrays the rebel, determined to buck the system and, unfortunately, to suffer the consequences.

The lovely Lea Michele is Wendla, a vulnerable young woman curious about life and unable to feel anything - even pain. The third member of this prominent threesome is Moritz, a quivery student tormented by thoughts of sex and his failure to live up to his father's expectations. A dynamic John Gallagher Jr. portrays him with an unnerving frenzy, a hyperactivity that underscores the young man's desperation.

There are also fine cameos by Lilli Cooper as a girl trapped in an incestuous relationship with her father and Jonathan B. Wright as a youthful seducer determined to have his way with another student.

One notable difference from the off-Broadway Atlantic Theater Company production is the recasting of all the adult roles, which are played by only two actors. Those tasks have been given to Stephen Spinella and Christine Estabrook, and they manage to pull them off fine. Estabrook, in particular, finds the right note of authority, never allowing her sternness to descend into caricature.

There is little overt choreography in "Spring Awakening," but Bill T. Jones has devised some striking movement for the cast, particularly in the one big production number with an unprintable title - at least in family publications.

For all its turbulence and focus on teenage angst, the show concludes on a note of uplift, "The Song of Purple Summer," a plea for tolerance and understanding. The number celebrates the potential of young people and all their possibilities. Exactly the right ending for a musical as adventurous as "Spring Awakening."


AP
12/10/2006

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Eugene O'Neill Theatre

(12/10/2006 - 1/18/2009)
Assistant Co. Mgr: Christopher Recker(Jan 29, 2007 - ?); Company Manager: Eduardo Castro; Assistant Co. Mgr: Chelsea Salyer.

Stage Manager: Richard Rauscher(circa. Feb 2007 - ?), Bryan Landrine(Sep 3, 2007 - Nov 25, 2007); Assistant Stage Mgr: Bryan Landrine(Aug 16, 2007 - Sep 2, 2007); Production Stage Manager: Bryan Landrine(Nov 28, 2007 - ?); Stage Manager: Bethany Russell(Nov 25, 2007 - ?); Assistant Stage Mgr: Gregg N. Kirsopp(Nov 25, 2007 - ?).

Conducted by Adam Ben-David(Jul 2007 - ?); Keyboards: Adam Ben-David(Jul 2007 - ?).

Dance Captain: JoAnn M. Hunter; National Press Consultant: Pete Sanders, Cory Martin, Patrick Paris; Associate Dance Captain: Eryn Murman.

Cast

Blake Bashoff
Moritz (Dec 18, 2007 - Aug 2, 2008)
Drew Tyler Bell
Hanschen (Nov 6, 2007 - Dec 9, 2007)
Kate Burton
The Adult Women (Dec 21, 2007 - Mar 2, 2008)
Gerard Canonico
Moritz (Aug 4, 2008 - ?)
Amanda CastaƱos
Martha (Jun 30, 2008 - ?)
Blake Daniel
Ernst (Aug 27, 2007 - ?)
Matt Doyle
Hanschen
Melchior Alternate
(Aug 3, 2008 - Aug 17, 2008)
Andrew Durand
Georg (Jun 30, 2008 - ?)
Christine Estabrook
The Adult Women (Apr 1, 2008 - Jan 18, 2009)
Glenn Fleshler
The Adult Men (Aug 27, 2007 - ?)
Emma Hunton
Ilse (Feb 19, 2008 - ?)
Morgan Karr
Ensemble (Jun 30, 2008 - Jan 18, 2009)
Emily Kinney
Anna (Jun 30, 2008 - ?)
Caitlin Kinnunen
Thea (Jun 30, 2008 - ?)
Alice Lee
Ensemble
Eryn Murman
Ensemble (Sep 23, 2007 - ?)
Kristine Nielsen
The Adult Women (Mar 4, 2008 - Mar 30, 2008)
Hunter Parrish
Melchior (Aug 11, 2008 - ?)
Zach Reiner-Harris
Ensemble (Jun 30, 2008 - ?)
Kyle Riabko
Melchior (May 23, 2008 - Aug 2, 2008)
Matt Shingledecker
Ensemble
Alexandra Socha
Ensemble (Jul 21, 2007 - ?)
Wendla (May 20, 2008 - ?)
Jesse Swenson
Ensemble (Aug 27, 2007 - ?)
Melchior Alternate
(Aug 3, 2008 - Aug 17, 2008)
Gabriel Violett
Otto (Jun 30, 2008 - ?)



Understudies: Tony Carlin (The Adult Men), Matt Doyle (Melchior), Andrew Durand (Moritz), Glenn Fleshler (The Adult Men), Morgan Karr (Ernst, Georg, Hanschen, Moritz, Otto), Emily Kinney (Wendla), Alice Lee (Anna, Thea, Wendla), Ken Marks (The Adult Men), Eryn Murman (Anna, Ilse, Martha, Thea, Wendla), Zach Reiner-Harris (Ernst, Georg, Hanschen, Moritz, Otto), Matt Shingledecker (Ernst, Georg, Hanschen, Melchior, Otto), Alexandra Socha (Wendla), Jesse Swenson (Georg, Hanschen, Melchior, Otto), Jenna Ushkowitz (Anna, Martha, Thea).


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