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Spring Awakening
     

Spring Awakening

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by Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik
 

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“This brave new musical, haunting and electrifying by turns, restores the mystery, the thrill to that shattering transformation that stirs in all our souls.”—Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“The staggering purity of this show will touch all open hearts…In its refined, imaginative simplicity, it daringly reverses all

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“This brave new musical, haunting and electrifying by turns, restores the mystery, the thrill to that shattering transformation that stirs in all our souls.”—Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“The staggering purity of this show will touch all open hearts…In its refined, imaginative simplicity, it daringly reverses all the conventional rules by returning the American musical to an original state of innocence.”—John Heilpern, The New York Observer

“An unexpected jolt of sudden genius, edgy in its brutally honest, unromanticized depiction of human sexuality.”—New York Post

Spring Awakening is an extraordinary new rock musical with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Duncan Sheik. Inspired by Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play about teenage sexuality and society’s efforts to control it, the piece seamlessly merges past and present, underscoring the timelessness of adolescent angst and the universality of human passion.

Steven Sater’s plays include the long-running Carbondale Dreams, Perfect for You, Doll (Rosenthal Prize/Cincinnati Playhouse), Umbrage (Steppenwolf New Play Prize), and a reconceived version of Shakespeare’s Tempest, which played in London.

Duncan Sheik is a singer/songwriter who also collaborated with Sater on the musical The Nightingale. He has composed original music for The Gold Rooms of Nero and for The Public Theater’s Twelfth Night in Central Park.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559366229
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
825,658
File size:
463 KB

Meet the Author

Steven Sater plays include the long-running "Carbondale Dreams," "Perfect for You," "Doll" (Rosenthal Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse), "Umbrage" (Steppenwolf New Play Prize), "A Footnote to the Iliad" (New York Stage and Film, The Miniature Theatre of Chester), "In Search of Lost Wings" (Sanford Meisner) and a reconceived version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," which played London's Lyric Hammersmith. Grammy award nominated singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik collaborated with playwright Steven Sater on "The Nightingale," a musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen classic which premiered at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Sheik has composed original music for the Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park production of "Twelfth Night" and for "The Golden Rooms of Nero."

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Spring Awakening 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
FtrHlywdRlty_ViaThePen More than 1 year ago
This play is by far a true marvel. Frank Wedekind's original play has been tweaked and updated with songs, and the punk-rock feelings felt during the musical numbers are a great juxposition of the 19th century era the characters are in with the modern times we find ourselves in. The characters are great, the plot if fresh and original, and the song lyrics are a breath of fresh air. This is one of those rare books that can withstand the test of time and still be revelant. I highly recommend it for fans of the musical, fans of the original play, and the any and all people who want a story that can make them think about society and their own moral opinions! * On a side note, I also recommend purchasing the soundtrack. It makes the reading expericene that much more enjoyable and unique to listen to the songs as the characters sing them! **I have selected Frank Wedekind's original play, A hardcover version, and the soundtrack as recommendations to go along with this!
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While reading this book you will be sobbing by the time you finish. Good for an easy day read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the play and was wondering if I should get this version or the original. Please help.
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This is my favorite musical. It has gotten me through alot and the words and especially the music are incredibly gripping. Buy this book, and buy the original broadway cast recording. Enjoy! :)
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Gryffindork More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the most powerful things I have ever read. Through every bit of dialogue and lyric, each of the teenagers cry out about how their parents still treat them as children, their confusion through budding sexualities, their confessions, depression, and other topics. This musical was based off of a play of the same name and was originally banned in Germany due to content.

Warning: This book does contain many topics that you may not be used to seeing in plays/books/etc. including suicide, rape, and masturbation. It should not be read by anyone under the age of 14, obviously.

See the musical on tour (since it just closed on Broadway). It's amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ITS AMAZING! READ THE BOOK OR SEE THE SHOW! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the show is spectacular, being a teenager myself i can definatley relate to the story/backround/emotion etc. i would recommend this show to anyone, because i think that with all the emotions in the story line it could relate to anyone some way
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book written by Steven Sater as an adaptation from The play of the same name written in 1891 by Frank Wedikind making an incredible a breakthrough in rock musicals.The music/lyrics are written by Roch phenomenon Duncin Sheik.It is the story based in france 1891(As Germany in the musical)about teenage experience with homosexuality,teenage abortion,desire,and suicide.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of book everyone should read its the kind of book you hate to put down and hate it when its done