A Purple Summer: Notes of the Lyrics of Spring Awakening

A Purple Summer: Notes of the Lyrics of Spring Awakening

by Steven Sater
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A Purple Summer: Notes of the Lyrics of Spring Awakening by Steven Sater

(Applause Books). In February 1999, Steven Sater conceived the radical notion of creating a rock musical from Frank Wedekind's notorious Symbolist drama, Fruhlings Erwachen , and he enlisted his friend and writing partner Duncan Sheik in the enterprise. That night, Sater came home and began writing the first lyric of Spring Awakening : "Mama Who Bore Me" a lyric which still stands, verbatim, just as he first wrote it. Ten years later, in the wake of the enormous international success of this groundbreaking, multiaward-winning show, its original director, Michael Mayer, urged Sater to write notes explicating its famously evocative, poetic lyrics. In rich detail, Sater's notes address the literary sources and allusions of each lyric. He also writes feelingly of what prompted the songs over the course of the show's eight years of development. In so doing, Sater expands on his partnership with Sheik and his experiences with original cast members, Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff, now also known from Glee . These notes will prove invaluable for fans of the show, for all those interested in theater, and most especially for all the young performers who will play the roles and sing these songs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557838247
Publisher: Applause Theatre Book Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 811,039
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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BehindBlueEyes21 More than 1 year ago
This is so helpful! I'm currently in a production of Spring Awakening as Wendla and reading this helped me understand more of what I'm singing and more about my character. Great for if you plan on putting on a production or if you just love the show.