DEAF DEFYING | Sign Language Reawakens “Spring” on Broadway

NEW YORK CITY |  The scale and allure of Broadway theater has often made it a window of sorts into the popular American cultural imagination. Within the last year, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s production of Hamilton has shaken up traditional conceptions of the Founding Fathers with its diverse cast and hip-hop soundtrack, while Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s memoir, Fun Home, explores the complexities of sexual identity.

Deaf West Theatre’s revival of Spring Awakening — the rock-musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play about adolescent sexual exploration and tragedy— likewise considers a question that is increasingly relevant in culture: how to tell stories in more inclusive ways.

Deaf West Theatre’s Broadway revival of the 2006 rock musical, performed in American Sign Language and English.

Deaf West’s acclaimed production is a strictly limited engagement this fall.  This Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening, directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Spencer Liff, will transfer with the musical to Broadway.

Joining the previously announced Academy and Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Marlee Matlin are the young cast from the acclaimed Deaf West Theatre production who last year were performing this show in a 99-seat theatre, and are now headed to Broadway. They are Miles Barbee, Katie Boeck, Alex Boniello, Joshua Castille, Daniel Durant, Treshelle Edmond, Sandra Mae Frank, Kathryn Gallagher, Sean Grandillo, Amelia Hensley, Lauren Luiz, Austin McKenzie, Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez, Daniel David Stewart, Ali Stroker, Alexandra Winter, and Alex Wyse.


Spring Awakening, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2007, will play a strictly limited Broadway engagement at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street) with previews beginning on Tuesday, September 8 and opening night set for Sunday, September 27.

The show will run 18 weeks only, through Saturday, January 9, with no extension possible. It will be performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken and sung in English by a cast of 28. Deaf West Theatre was last represented on Broadway with the triumphant production of Big River in 2003.

Tickets are now on sale at or by calling 877-250-2929. The Brooks Atkinson Theatre box office will open on Monday, August 17. — randy gener

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