Musical (2006)


Musique:
Paroles:
Livret: Frank Wedekind
Production à la création:
Duncan Sheik
Paroles: Steven Sater
Livret: Steven Sater
Production à la création:

Set in a small German town at the end of the 19 th Century, the adolescent Wendela is confused about the changes in her body, but her mother is too embarrassed to explain the facts of life. Moritz is another young person traumatised by puberty, and starts failing in his school lessons. When his friend Melchior tries to help him, their Headmaster strikes them both and tells them to get on with their Latin. Disaster looms when Wendela falls in love with Melchior and they both discover desires unlike anything they’ve ever felt. Moritz soon drops out of school when neither his one adult friend, Melchior’s mother, nor his equally outcast friend Ilse can deal with his plea for help. He kills himself. The Headmaster blames this “crime” on Melchior, and when Wendela is found to be pregnant, Melchior is shipped off to a reformatory prison and Wendela to a backstreet abortionist. Melchior escapes and runs to meet Wendela at midnight in the graveyard, only to learn he has lost her forever.

Synopsis complet

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 explodes onto the Lyric stage driven by a thrilling contemporary score


Spring Awakening had a number of workshops, concerts and rewrites over a seven-year period, including workshops at La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, California, and the Roundabout Theatre Company, and a concert at Lincoln Center in February 2005, under the auspices of actor/producer Tom Hulce. It premiered Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre Company on May 19, 2006 and ran through August 5, 2006.

Broadway
The musical opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on December 10, 2006 and closed on January 18, 2009, after 888 performances and 29 previews. Directed by Michael Mayer with choreography by Bill T. Jones, the costume designer is Susan Hilferty, set designer Christine Jones and lighting designer Kevin Adams. It received nearly unanimous favorable reviews, and easily recouped its initial $6 million capitalization, breaking even on August 27, 2007.

Decca Broadway released the original cast recording on December 12, 2006, which won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album in 2008.[10] The guitar Sheik used to compose songs for Spring Awakening was included in the 2008 exhibition "Writing to Character: Songwriters & the Tony Awards" at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

United States tours
A U.S. National tour (with one stop in Toronto, Canada) opened on August 15, 2008 at The Balboa Theatre in San Diego, California. The national tour ended on May 23, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. A non-equity US tour began at Shryock Auditorium on October 14, 2010 in Carbondale, Illinois. The non-equity US tour ended its run on May 15, 2011 in Ottawa, Canada at the Centrepointe Theatre.

Original London production
The London production began January 23, 2009 at the Lyric Hammersmith, transferred to the Novello Theatre on March 21, 2009, and closed on May 30, 2009. The London production won four Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical.

Despertar de Primavera (Spanish Title)
Frühlings Erwachen (German Title)
O Despertar da Primavera (Portugese Title)
Tavaszébredes (Hungarian Title)


Act I
"Mama Who Bore Me" – Wendla
"Mama Who Bore Me" (Reprise) – Wendla and Girls
"All That's Known" – Melchior
"The Bitch of Living" – Moritz, Melchior and Boys
"My Junk" – Girls and Boys
"Touch Me" – Boys and Girls
"The Word of Your Body" – Wendla and Melchior
"The Dark I Know Well" – Martha, Ilse and Boys
"And Then There Were None" – Moritz and Boys
"The Mirror-Blue Night" – Melchior and Boys
"I Believe" – Boys and Girls

Act II
"The Guilty Ones" – Wendla, Melchior, Boys and Girls
"Don't Do Sadness" – Moritz
"Blue Wind" – Ilse
"Don't Do Sadness/Blue Wind" – Moritz and Ilse
"Left Behind" – Melchior, Boys and Girls
"Totally Fucked" – Melchior and Full Company (except Moritz)
"The Word of Your Body" (Reprise) – Hanschen, Ernst, Boys and Girls
"Whispering" – Wendla
"Those You've Known" – Moritz, Wendla and Melchior
"The Song of Purple Summer" – Ilse and Full Company

++Note: "The Guilty Ones" replaced off-Broadway version's Act II opening, "There Once Was a Pirate"; the latter is available as a bonus track sung by composer Duncan Sheik on the iTunes version of the original cast recording. A reprise of "Touch Me," sung by Melchior, appeared in "Whispering" during the Chicago, Vienna, London runs, was added to the tour, and is part of the amateur rental materials.

The Children
Melchior, headstrong, handsome, and charismatic. He knows much more than the others because of what he reads in books and is able to see the corruption in society.
Moritz, Melchior's intense and nervous best friend.
Wendla, a childhood friend of the boys. She has a romantic and sexual connection with Melchior
Ilse, another childhood friend who runs away from an abusive home to become a Bohemian
Hänschen, a very humorous, and almost arrogant classmate
Ernst, a naive classmate. He is Hanschen's love interest
Martha, one of Wendla's friends who is abused by her father
Georg, another classmate who lusts after his older, busty piano teacher
Otto, another classmate who has a dream about his mother
Thea, a school girl and Wendla's best friend
Anna, a school girl and Martha's best friend

The Adults
Frau Bergmann, Wendla's mother
Fanny Gabor, Melchior's mother
Herr Gabor, Melchior's father
Herr Stiefel, Moritz's father
Fräulein Grossenbustenhalter, Georg's piano teacher
Hanschen's Father
The Teachers
Schmidt, The abortionist

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Version 1

Spring Awakening (1974-05-Old Vic-NT-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Old Vic (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 49 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mardi 28 mai 1974
Dernière : samedi 14 septembre 1974
Mise en scène : Bill Bryden
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Peter Firth, Michael Kitchen, Dai Bradley, Christopher Guard, Veronica Quilligan, Jane Carr, Jenny Agutter, Patti Love, Rupert Frazer, Joseph O'Conor, Susan Engel, Beryl Reid, William Squire, Cyril Cusack

Version 2

Spring Awakening (2006-06-Linda Gross Theater-Off Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Linda Gross Theater (Broadway (Off) - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 15 juin 2006
Première : jeudi 15 juin 2006
Dernière : samedi 05 août 2006
Mise en scène : Michael Mayer
Chorégraphie : Bill T Jones
Producteur :
Avec : Jonathan Groff (Melchior), Lea Michele (Wendla), John Gallagher, Jr. (Moritz), Lauren Pritchard (Ilse), Frank Wood (Adult Men), Mary McCann (Adult Women), Lilli Cooper (Martha), Skylar Astin (Georg), Gideon Glick (Ernst), Brian Charles Johnson (Otto)
Commentaires longs: Awards Won: 2006 Callaway Award
Choreography, Bill T. Jones

2007 Lucille Lortel Award
1. Outstanding Musical
2. Outstanding Lighting Design, Kevin Adams

2007 Drama League Award
Distinguished Production of a Musical

2007 Drama Critics' Circle Award
Best Musical, Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater

2007 Obie Award
Choreography, Bill T. Jones

2007 Henry Hewes Design Award
Lighting Design, Kevin Adams

2007 Drama Desk Awards
1. Outstanding Musical
2. Outstanding Director of a Musical, Michael Mayer
3. Outstanding Music, Duncan Sheik
4. Outstanding Lyrics, Steven Sater

Version 3

Spring Awakening (2006-11-Eugene O'Neill Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Eugene O'Neill Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 ans 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 29 previews - 888 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 16 novembre 2006
Première : dimanche 10 décembre 2006
Dernière : dimanche 18 janvier 2009
Mise en scène : Michael Mayer
Chorégraphie : Bill T Jones
Producteur :
Avec : Jonathan Groff (Melchior), John Gallagher Jr. (Moritz), Lea Michele (Wendla), Skylar Astin (Georg), Lilli Cooper (Martha), Gideon Glick (Ernst), Brian Charles Johnson (Otto), Christine Estabrook (Adult Women), Lauren Pritchard (Ilse), Phoebe Strole (Anna)
Commentaires : Frank Wedekind’s once-banned 1891 play “Frühlings Erwachen” was given a rock-ballad-musical treatment, and opened off-Broadway in May 2006, and on Broadway itself in December 2006 following much critical acclaim. For a musical dealing with adolescent ignorance and confusion, homosexuality, peer pressure, teen suicide, abortion, masturbation and adult hypocrisy, it received an astonishing eleven Tony Award nominations, winning eight, including Tonys for best musical, direction, book, score and featured actor. It ended its Broadway run on January 18, 2009 following 888 performances and 29 previews

Version 4

Spring Awakening (2008-08-National Tour)

Type de série: US Tour
Théâtre: US Tour ( - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 an 9 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 15 août 2008
Première : vendredi 15 août 2008
Dernière : dimanche 23 mai 2010
Mise en scène : Michael Mayer
Chorégraphie : Bill T Jones
Producteur :

Version 5

Spring Awakening (2009-02-Lyric Hammersmith-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Lyric Hammersmith (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 23 janvier 2009
Première : mardi 03 février 2009
Dernière : samedi 14 mars 2009
Mise en scène : Michael Mayer
Chorégraphie : Bill T Jones
Producteur :
Avec : Charlotte Wakefield (Wendela), Aneurin Barnard (Melchior), Iwan Rheon (Moritz), Lucy Barker (Ilse), Sian Thomas (Mother/ Women), Richard Cordery (Headmaster/Men), Evelyn Hoskins, Natasha Barnes, Hayley Gallivan, Edd Judge, Jamie Blackley, Harry MacEntire, Jos Slovick
Commentaires : The London Cast won 4 awards at the Laurence Olivier Awards 2010. Aneurin Barnard won an award for best actor in a musical/entertainment. Iwan Rheon won an award for best supporting role in a musical/entertainment. Spring Awakening London as a show won best musical and best sound
Presse : ***** 'Here it is at last, the answer to one's prayers - a new musical bursting with ambition and achievement... IT'S A BLAST.' Daily Telegraph

***** 'Breathtakingly, outrageously brilliant.' thelondonpaper

***** 'AN ABSOLUTE MUST-SEE and by far the best new musical in London for ages.' whatsonstage.com


***** 'It ticks enough boxes for excellence - acting, design, choreography, theatrical innovation, emotional power, even the lighting - to be A MUST SEE.' Daily Express

Version 6

Spring Awakening (2009-03-Novello Theatre-London)

Type de série: West End Transfer
Théâtre: Novello Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 2 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : samedi 21 mars 2009
Première : jeudi 26 mars 2009
Dernière : samedi 30 mai 2009
Mise en scène : Michael Mayer
Chorégraphie : Bill T Jones
Producteur :
Avec : Charlotte Wakefield (Wendela), Aneurin Barnard (Melchior), Iwan Rheon (Moritz), Lucy Barker (Ilse), Sian Thomas (Mother/ Women), Richard Cordery (Headmaster/Men), Evelyn Hoskins, Natasha Barnes, Hayley Gallivan, Edd Judge, Jamie Blackley, Harry MacEntire, Jos Slovick
Commentaires : The London Cast won 4 awards at the Laurence Olivier Awards 2010. Aneurin Barnard won an award for best actor in a musical/entertainment. Iwan Rheon won an award for best supporting role in a musical/entertainment. Spring Awakening London as a show won best musical and best sound
Presse : ***** 'Here it is at last, the answer to one's prayers - a new musical bursting with ambition and achievement... IT'S A BLAST.' Daily Telegraph

***** 'Breathtakingly, outrageously brilliant.' thelondonpaper

***** 'AN ABSOLUTE MUST-SEE and by far the best new musical in London for ages.' whatsonstage.com


***** 'It ticks enough boxes for excellence - acting, design, choreography, theatrical innovation, emotional power, even the lighting - to be A MUST SEE.' Daily Express

Version 7

Spring Awakening (2009-03-Ronacher Theater-Vienne)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Ronacher (Vienne - Autriche)
Durée : 2 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : samedi 21 mars 2009
Première : samedi 21 mars 2009
Dernière : samedi 30 mai 2009
Mise en scène : Michael Mayer
Chorégraphie : Bill T Jones
Producteur :

Version 8

Spring Awakening (2011-05-UK Tour)

Type de série: UK Tour
Théâtre: UK Tour ( - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 17 mai 2011
Première : mardi 17 mai 2011
Dernière : samedi 18 juin 2011
Mise en scène : Pete Gallagher
Chorégraphie : Cressida Carré
Producteur :
Avec : Jonathan Eio (Melchior), Billy Cullum (Moritz), Victoria Serra (Wendla), Jill Armour (Ilse), Anna McGarahan (Martha), Jane Stanton (Adult Women), Robert Eyles (Adult Men), James Benn (Hanschen), Zachary Morris (Ernst), Daniel Buckley (Otto)
Commentaires : Dates de la tournée
Commentaires longs: 17 Juin 11 au 18 Juin 11 (Playhouse, Norwich), 14 Juin 11 au 15 Juin 11 (The Lowry, Salford), 7 Juin 11 au 12 Juin 11 (Greenwich Theatre, Outer London), 26 Mai 11 au 28 Mai 11 (MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling), 24 Mai 11 au 25 Mai 11 (Pleasance, Edinburgh), 17 Mai 11 au 21 Mai 11 (Northcott Theatre, Exeter)

Version 9

Spring Awakening (2012-05-Bridewell Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Bridewell Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 09 mai 2012
Première : mercredi 09 mai 2012
Dernière : samedi 19 mai 2012
Mise en scène : Chris Warner
Chorégraphie : Tim Garrad
Producteur :
Avec : Joe Penny (Melchior), Anthony Hagan (Moritz), Andrew Newton (Hanschen), David Swain (Ernst), Adrian Hau (Georg), Jason Mackey (Otto), Aisling Ridge (Wendla), Lisa Pilkington (Ilse) Alexandra Demicoli (Martha), Skyla Loureda (Thea), Laura Hope-London (Anna), Jason Thomas Maria Waters, Parry Bates, Matthew Hudson, Victoria Greenway, Laura Manzotti.
Presse : "Great news for theatregoers who have craved a new musical with attitude, youthful exuberance and a fresh, gutsy sound." NY Daily News

“Here it is at last, the answer to one's prayers - a new musical, bursting with ambition and achievement…with the best original pop/rock score since Hair.” Telegraph

Version 10

Spring Awakening (2015-09-Brooks Atkinson Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Brooks Atkinson Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 3 mois 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 08 septembre 2015
Première : dimanche 27 septembre 2015
Dernière : dimanche 24 janvier 2016
Mise en scène : Michael Arden
Chorégraphie : Spencer Liff
Producteur :
Avec : Miles Barbee (Otto), Katie Boeck (Voice of Wendla), Alex Boniello (Voice of Moritz), Joshua Castille (Ernst), Daniel Durant (Moritz), Treshelle Edmond (Martha), Sandra Mae Frank (Wendla), Kathryn Gallagher (Voice of Martha), Sean Grandillo (Voice of Otto), Elizabeth Greene (Adult Woman), Russell Harvard (Adult Man), Amelia Hensley (Thea), Lauren Luiz (Heidi/Voice of Thea), Austin McKenzie (Melchior), Andy Mientus (Hanschen), Patrick Page (Adult Man), Krysta Rodriguez (Ilse), Daniel David Stewart (Voice of Ernst), Ali Stroker (Anna), Alexandria Wailes (Adult Woman), Alexandra Winter (Gretl), Alex Wyse (Georg)
Presse : Les critiques sont excellentes:

"Any qualms theater-lovers might have about this being a premature, whiplash-inducing revival — the original closed in 2009, after all — will vanish like frost in strong sunlight when the young cast of both hearing and deaf actors floods the stage." Charles Isherwood for New York Times

"In Deaf West's exhilarating reboot of the moody and stirring 2007 Tony winner by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, the repressed and rudderless kids are lifting more than their voices. They’re also raising their hands to express themselves — and casting a whole new spell." Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News

"Michael Arden’s production for the Deaf West company skillfully integrates American Sign Language with Spencer Liff’s choreography, so the doubling of actors doesn’t get in the way of the storytelling." Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post

"What’s good about this Spring are the enduringly powerful songs and several strong performances: Frank and Durant do lovely work, and Russell Harvard brings raw, honest emotion to a violently disapproving father. For all of the valid reservations one can have about this experiment, there’s still beauty to admire, if you’re willing to hear." David Cote for Time Out New York

"The result is an exhilarating and fluid hybrid of song, word, dance and sign — and a sheer triumph for director Michael Arden and choreographer Spencer Liff. The songs sit seamlessly in the show, often as brightly lit fantasy sequences that snap back into the grim narrative." Mark Kennedy for Associated Press

"It's an admirable undertaking and I wish I could get behind it. But arriving on Broadway so soon after Michael Mayer's viscerally impactful premiere production won the 2007 Tony Award for best musical, this underpowered, unexceptionally sung post-Glee version seems more of a special presentation than a wholesale reinvention." David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter

"Deaf West awakens something new in the show, which is not so much a revival as it is a reinvention — although for the next 15 weeks of its limited run at the Brooks Atkinson Theater, the house should remain nearly packed with those happy to find the Duncan Sheik-scored rock opera back on Broadway in any form." Peter Debruge for Variety

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