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VIDEO: SPRING AWAKENING Director Michael Arden Loves The Drama Book Shop


Since 1917 New York's Drama Book Shop has been a regular haunt for both theatre professionals and loyal fans, providing the city's most extensive collection of scripts and theatre-related publications for sale. In 2011, the shop was presented with a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre.

Michael Arden, who made his Broadway debut in the Deaf West Theatre's Broadway revival of BIG RIVER, and has won acclaim for his performances in BARE and THE TIMES, THEY ARE A-CHANGIN', has now come back to Broadway as director of Deaf West's exciting revival of Spring Awakening.

At a recent visit, Arden said he's loved The Drama Book Shop even before he lived in New York and calls it a temple for artists of the theatre.


Deaf West Theatre's acclaimed production of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's SPRING AWAKENING, directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Spencer Liff, opened on Sunday night, September 27, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

SPRING AWAKENING, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2007, runs 18 weeks only, through Saturday, January 9. 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.

Based on Frank Wedekind's controversial 1891 expressionist play of the same name and featuring an electrifying pop/rock score, SPRING AWAKENING follows the lives of a group of adolescents as they navigate their journey from adolescence to adulthood in a fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll. An extraordinary creative team including Michael Arden and Spencer Liff has reinvented the groundbreaking musical about lost innocence and the struggles of youth in true Deaf West style.

Actor and director Michael Arden, of SPRING AWAKENING, stopped in the #DramaBookShop today & took the time to tell us why he keeps coming back:

Posted by Drama Book Shop on Monday, November 2, 2015

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