The long awaited revival of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play set to rock music, Spring Awakening, is returning to Broadway on September 8th of this year. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2007, the musical makes a dramatic return to The Great White Way at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Spring Awakening is the show that has social media going nuts since its return to Broadway announcement earlier this summer. The Deaf West production of the much anticipated revival will be done in a way that Broadway has never seen before, featuring ASL (American Sign Language) along-side English throughout the entire show.
When a revival of a show is announced, usually it is the same script with a few changes here and there, however this one did one major change with the ASL addition. It will be interesting to see how well the production transfers to Broadway, but it will be a sight to behold as it makes Broadway history with an ASL incorporated script. Due to this new version of the revival, it is no wonder why the average price per ticket on the secondary market, according to TicketIQ, is relatively high. The tickets for this show on the primary market start at $68, with fees and taxes included, for the top row of the Mezzanine. That isn’t a bad starting price point for primary market Broadway considering other shows are much higher, like The Book of Mormon and The Lion King. On the secondary market side, the average price for Spring Awakening tickets is $205, which places it in the top 15 most expensive tickets currently on Broadway, that includes Hamilton and The King and I.
The cast list includes a good group of performers, some of which were in the original Deaf West Theatre production. The show’s three main leads are Austin McKenzie as Melchoir, Daniel Durant as Moritz, and Sandra Mae Frank as Wendla. The original Broadway cast starred Jonathan Groff (currently in Hamilton), Lea Michele (star of Glee), and John Gallagher Jr. The rest of the revival’s Broadway cast will include Marlee Matin, Miles Barbee, Katie Boeck, Alex Boniello, Joshua Castille, Treshelle Edmond, Kathryn Gallagher, Sean Grandillo, Amelia Hensley, Lauren Luiz, Andy Mientus, Camryn Manheim, Krysta Rodriguez, Daniel David Stewart, Patrick Page, Russell Harvard, Ali Stroker, Alexandra Winter, and Alex Wyse.
The musical boldly depicts how young people encounter the exhilarating, complicated, and adventurous time of their sexual awakening. The plot of the musical focuses on a young intelligent student, Melchior, his very troubled friend, Moritz, and lastly on the beautiful young girl on the verge of womanhood, Wendla. This musical rocked the press all over the country with its much anticipated return, for a limited time through January 2016.