In one weeks time the smash hit Broadway musical ‘Spring Awakening’ will be opening at The Sydney Theatre Company with an all Australian cast.
Based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial play of 1891, this bold new musical tells the tale of a group of teenagers embarking on the thrilling, turbulent transition from youth to adulthood.
Wendla begs her mother to explain where babies come from only to be fobbed off with mumblings about ‘the stork’. Melchior, more advanced in his sexual education, has been studying diagrams that would bring tears to the eyes of his elders. On a stormy, spring afternoon Wendla and Melchior succumb to desire. Fumbling their way into one another’s arms, they learn the joys of sexual awakening. Only later will they learn of its potential to devastate.
Spring Awakening won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and has since become a music theatre phenomenon throughout the world, garnering a cult following wherever it has travelled. Driven by an exceptional score ranging from power ballads to grunge anthems that capture the spine-tingling highs and lows of youthful desire, this exuberant musical has all the energy of a rock concert and all the power of a great drama.
A new generation of performers – cast from open auditions across Australia – burst on to the Sydney Theatre stage for the hotly-anticipated Australian premiere of Spring Awakening. It may be 1891 but when these exceptional singers burst into song they express electric inner worlds that will be instantly recognisable to anyone who is – or ever was – a teenager.
Watch an interview above with the choreographer Kate Champion where she talks about being a part of the show and how it was for her choreographing the Australian production of this award winning show.
For more information on Spring Awakening go to www.springawakeninginaustralia.com.au