Deaf West's Spring Awakening revival B'way-bound?

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

According to Deadline, it looks like the Deaf West Theatre's revival of Spring Awakening may be heading for a Broadway bow this Fall. There is no official word yet on a theatre or whether the entire cast, which included "Smash" stars Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez, will transfer with the show.

The Deaf West Theatre's production, which was performed in both American Sign Language and English, was directed by Mientus' fiance Michael Arden and featured choreography by Spencer Liff. The cast included Joey Antonio, Hillary Baack, Miles Barbee, Sean Barna, Katie Boeck, Joshua Castille, Julian Comeau, Daniel N. Durant, Treshelle Edmond, Sandra Mae Frank, Kathryn Gallagher, Gabrielle Garza, Sean Grandillo, Karla Gutierrez, Amelia Hensley, Lauren M. Luiz, Daniel Marmion, Austin McKenzie, Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez, Natacha Roi, Howie Seago, Daniel David Stewart, Ali Stroker, Alexandra Winter and Alex Wyse.

Spring Awakening is a musical based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 play, and features music by Duncan Sheik, and book and lyrics by Steven Sater. The narrative explores "how young people navigate the thrilling, confusing and mysterious time of their sexual awakening. The story centers around a brilliant young student named Melchior, his troubled friend Moritz and Wendla, a beautiful young girl on the verge of womanhood."

Spring Awakening originally opened on 10 December 2006 at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre. It picked up an impressive 8 Tony Awards in 2007, including Best Musical. It closed on 18 January 2009, after 859 performances. The cast also featured "Glee" favourites Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele, as well as Krysta Rodriguez.

The show also ran at London's Novello Theatre from 21 March to 30 May 2009.


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