"This brave new musical, haunting and electrifying by turns, restores the mystery, the thrill to that shattering transformation that stirs in all our souls."—Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
Spring Awakening is an extraordinary new rock musical with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Duncan Sheik. Inspired by Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play about teenage sexuality and society’s efforts to control it, the piece seamlessly merges past and present, underscoring the timelessness of adolescent angst and the universality of human passion.
Steven Sater first approached Duncan Sheik in 1999 with a copy of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play, Spring Awakening. Some months later, in the wake of the shootings at Columbine High School, Sater approached director Michael Mayer about working on the musical with them. Many years — and twists and turns — later, Spring Awakening opened on Broadway in 2006. This musical reworking of the German drama of sexual awakening, scored by Duncan Sheik and with book and lyrics by Steven Sater, was a game changer for rock musicals.
First TCG Edition: 2007