I had the pleasure of seeing the Tony Award winning Musical Spring Awakening last night at the Arsht Center in downtown Miami last night. Thank you Mid Town Chica! I was the lucky winner of a contest on her all things South Florida blog of the same name. We had great seats in the main center isle although the Arscht Center has such a fabulous layout it’s not hard to have a great view of the stage.
Spring Awakening is a coming-of-age story that digs deeply and honestly with the private yearnings, hopes and anguish of its teenage characters. The musical is based on Frank Wedekind’s play of the same name, written in 1891 which was so controversial it remained unproduced in the playwright’s native Germany until 1906. This was due to its portrayal of taboo sexual themes: masturbation, abortion, rape, bondage, child abuse and suicide.
Even though the story takes place a hundred years ago its issues still resonate today. Singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik and playwright-poet Steven Sater found an amazing way to tell a new version of Wedekind's story. The heartbreakingly touching alternative rock score does the job of bridging 19th century Germany with today underlining the timelessness of every teen's interior life.
I loved the show which was flawless, amazing and oozing with talent. Go see it!