‘Spring Awakening’ is Headed to Broadway!
In an earlier story last month, I told you of how we had the opportunity to see Deaf West Theatre’s 'Spring Awakening' directed by our nephew, Michael Arden. Now it turns out we will get to see it in New York as the show is going to Broadway!
Maureen and I took a quick weekend trip out to Los Angeles to see our nephew Michael Arden and the play he was directing, Frank Wedekind’s 'Spring Awakening' at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. We had been looking forward to seeing Michael, who many of you know from his time in Midland Community Theater's Pickwicks here, or some of his movies, TV shows and Broadway plays. This was my first time to see him direct a play and he chose a great one.
But this new production was different as it incorporated Deaf West Theatre’s innovative take on the 8-time, Tony Award-winning Best Musical - performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English by a cast of 27. It has been heralded as an “emotional triumph” by the Los Angeles Times and enjoyed a sold-out engagement at downtown L.A.'s Rosenthal Theatre in the fall of 2014 up until this weekend when they finished their last performance.
The show had rave reviews and we just found out this week that it's headed to Broadway!
For those of you who didn't get a chance to see it in LA, you can make plans soon to see it on Broadway. I'll let you know when you can book your flights!