WHEN: Now Playing thru March 10
WHERE: Olney Theatre Center, Olney MD
Winner of eight Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion you will never forget. The New York Times called the music in this show “A ravishing rock score.”
Recommended for ages 16 and up due to mature themes, language and nudity)
THE WASHINGTON POST • February 14, 2013 • BY NELSON PRESSLEY
There are shows that let you know almost immediately that the night may be a satisfying knockout. Steve Cosson’s staging of “Spring Awakening,” drawing young and hip-looking crowds to the suburban Olney Theatre Center, is one of them.
It’s not that Cosson paints a radical new face on this popular rock musical of teen angst, a big Tony Award winner on Broadway in 2007. But from the moment Alyse Alan Louis steps forward to croon the brooding “Mama Who Bore Me,” the moody, exuberant music is captivating, the rock concert design is sleek, and the young performers are coolly in charge.
The setting is 1890s Germany, but the hook of the show is that the sound is right now. Steven Sater’s book and lyrics are stiff and formal and then gleefully profane, and Duncan Sheik’s score (wonderfully rendered by musical director Christopher Youstra’s punchy ensemble, visible just offstage) features orchestral strings and electric guitars. The calculated stylistic mash up makes it clear that some of the old repressions haven’t been bulldozed away quite yet.
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AND THE FANS AGREE:
Congrats to all involved in Spring Awakening @OlneyTheatre on a wonderful production. The best one I've ever seen there! Just beautiful! — Laurie Newton
I hope lots of folks get to experience Spring Awakening. I'm here tonight and love hearing this incredible score! — David Krasner
Loved Spring Awakening...my husband and I, season subscribers for 20 years, thought this was one of Olney's Best. Bravo! — Marlene Zaborsky
Was so impressed with the production tonight. My husband and I were supposed to go to NYC but stayed local due to Nemo. We saw some amazing talent tonight! — Kara Winebrenner Kehoe