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BWW Review: Brave, Bold, and Beautiful SPRING AWAKENING at Lyric Music TheaterBWW Review: Brave, Bold, and Beautiful SPRING AWAKENING at Lyric Music Theater
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Mar 20, 2017

South Portland's Lyric Music Theater is taking a bold and daring step in presenting the 2006 musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 provocative play, Spring Awakening. The wrenching musical drama explores with a piercing honesty the lives of teenagers and their adult authority figures locked in a lethal struggle as the young men and women search for freedom of expression, sexual liberation and fulfillment, and the embrace of their true identities in a dark, corseted world of repression and convention. The issues raised by Frank Wedekind's play remain as potent and relevant today as they did in the late 19th century, and the Steven Sater book and lyrics and Duncan Sheik music remain true to the essence of the piece. Wedekind's world - the world of Freud and nascent psychology - is a bleak place where adults abuse their children psychologically and physically, where creativity is stifled, and love - as a total expression of body and soul - is forbidden. In this dark universe, the young villagers long in secret and search for a path through the pain. (more...)

OutFox to Bring THE BAD SEED to Brockley Jack Studio TheatreOutFox to Bring THE BAD SEED to Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

OutFox Productions presents The Bad Seed by Maxwell Anderson, directed by John Fricker, running Tuesday 14 March to Saturday 1 April 2017 at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre.  (more...)

New Production of SPRING AWAKENING to Open in Vancouver for 4 Shows OnlyNew Production of SPRING AWAKENING to Open in Vancouver for 4 Shows Only
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2017

Come Check Out A New Production Of This Award-winning Musical Playing For A limited engagement (four shows only!) From March 8-11, 2017 At Pacific Theatre. From The Same Creative Team That Brought You Last Year's Sell Out Show, Dogfight Comes Spring Awakening (more...)

OutFox Productions Present THE BAD SEEDOutFox Productions Present THE BAD SEED
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Christine Penmark has it all. A loving husband. A beautiful home. The perfect daughter. (more...)

SITI Company's John Cage-Inspired Play CHESS MATCH NO. 5 Headed to Abingdon This SpringSITI Company's John Cage-Inspired Play CHESS MATCH NO. 5 Headed to Abingdon This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Abingdon Theatre Company, under the artistic direction of Tony Speciale, presents the world premiere of CHESS MATCH NO. 5, conceived and directed by Anne Bogart, with text arranged by Jocelyn Clarke from the words of John Cage. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

The Howard Community College (HCC) Theatre Program presents the winner of eight Tony Awards, including best musical, "Spring Awakening," over two weekends March 9-18. Directed by Theatre Department Coordinator Jenny Male, "Spring Awakening" will feature current HCC students and guest artists, who will bring this award-winning musical to life for audiences.  (more...)

Dixon Place to Present Pinocchio Themed PIN AND THE BLUE FAIRYDixon Place to Present Pinocchio Themed PIN AND THE BLUE FAIRY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

PIN* AND THE BLUE FAIRY is a new play in development with OUTLIERS Theatre Co, based on Collodi's classic The Adventures of Pinocchio. The play examines the wooden puppet's journey to become a proper boy through the eyes of a contemporary trans teenager named Blue. As Blue attempts to find their own path, they turn to Pin's tale, and their stories intertwine in a search for understanding, transformation, and personal truth. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

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NJSDA Encore Theatre Company Presents SPRING AWAKENINGNJSDA Encore Theatre Company Presents SPRING AWAKENING
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

NJADA Encore Theatre brings some warmth to a cold winter with it's performances of Spring Awakening. (more...)

The Stunning Tour-de-Force Production of SEULS Continues The Wilma Theater's 2016-17 SeasonThe Stunning Tour-de-Force Production of SEULS Continues The Wilma Theater's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2016

Newly appointed Artistic Director of France's La Colline - national theatre, Wajdi Mouawad comes to Philadelphia with his internally acclaimed performance. (more...)

E-Town Theatre Division Performs Edgy MusicalE-Town Theatre Division Performs Edgy Musical
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Banned for decades in Germany, 'Spring Awakening' tells the story of a group of young teens from a small town wrestling with their changing bodies and minds. The adult figures in these children's lives neglect to teach them about their developing bodies. Both parents and teens must face the terrible consequences of their actions. (more...)

BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at Shenandoah ConservatoryBWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at Shenandoah Conservatory
by Andrew Burrill - Oct 5, 2016

BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at Shenandoah Conservatory, a brilliant and commanding journey that engages from beginning to end. (more...)

Works by James Lecesne, Anne Bogart and More Set for Abingdon's 24th SeasonWorks by James Lecesne, Anne Bogart and More Set for Abingdon's 24th Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Abingdon Theatre Company will present two world-premiere plays and a new musical in the June Havoc Theatre as part of its 2016-2017 Season of new works by established and emerging writers, marking the first full season programmed by Artistic Director Tony Speciale. (more...)

Shenandoah Conservatory Presents: SPRING AWAKENINGShenandoah Conservatory Presents: SPRING AWAKENING
by Christopher Castanho - Sep 29, 2016

Shenandoah Conservatory's production of Spring Awakening runs this weekend only, from Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 2nd in the Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre on the campus of Shenandoah University. Stephen Sater and Duncan Sheik's Tony award-winning musical led by two Broadway veterans and now Shenandoah educators: Kevin Covert (Direction and Choreography) and Rick Edinger (Music Direction). (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2016

Riding the successful wave of last year's festivities, the second Poppy Seed Theatre Festival continues to provide a unique proposition to theatre makers by embracing the development of some of the best Melbourne-based independent artists to present the premiere of four ambitious new works over five weeks from 8 November – 11 December 2016. (more...)

BWW Interview: Broadway's Kevin Covert Directs SPRING AWAKENING at Shenandoah ConservatoryBWW Interview: Broadway's Kevin Covert Directs SPRING AWAKENING at Shenandoah Conservatory
by Christopher Castanho - Sep 16, 2016

Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia will be mounting the award-winning rock musical: SPRING AWAKENING this September, directed by Broadway veteran and new musical theatre program coordinator Kevin Covert. I was lucky enough to sit down with Kevin, hear about his experience at Shenandoah so far and learn about his process working on the rock musical with current theatre students. (more...)

Oil is the New Hot, Bubbling Topic in UK & Scottish Theatre! 'Crude'  at Shed 36Oil is the New Hot, Bubbling Topic in UK & Scottish Theatre! 'Crude' at Shed 36
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Oil is the new hot topic in UK & Scottish Theatre! Grid Iron Announce 'Crude' by Ben Harrison at Shed 36, Port of Dundee, 11-23rd October (more...)

Top 10 Plays Set In SchoolTop 10 Plays Set In School
by Marianka Swain - Sep 7, 2016

Education, education, education - it's an inescapable topic in theatre. Recent years have seen Future Conditional (kicking off Matthew Warchus's Old Vic tenure), Matilda the Musical, The Brink, Kin, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, and, of course, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. To celebrate back to school week, here are 10 of the best plays set in school. Get studying! To celebrate back to school week, here are 10 of the best plays set in school. Get studying! (more...)

BWW Review: Effortful SPRING AWAKENING at 12th Ave Arts Suffers From Technical DifficultiesBWW Review: Effortful SPRING AWAKENING at 12th Ave Arts Suffers From Technical Difficulties
by Amelia Reynolds - Jul 27, 2016

'Spring Awakening' is a tough musical to take on: all of the performers need to be exceptional singers and dancers, while also finding that sweet spot of giving their character emotional honesty in its darkly funny narrative. On top of it all, most of the actors have to be (or at least pass as) middle schoolers. Any misssteps-especially when adapted for a small stage-are painfully apparent, even when the production has a lot to offer. Basement Theatrics' production of 'Spring Awakening' suffers from these very misfortunes, and despite the show having a number of impressive vocal performances and cool, abstract choreographic choices, the technical and pacing issues made the show feel a hair out of its league. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 7/24/2016Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 7/24/2016
by BWW - Jul 24, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/24/2016 for Detroit (more...)

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