Already closed | 2h 20m | Midtown W

Spring Awakening ( (Broadway: Deaf West)

From 1,413 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great staging, Ambitious, Great acting, Must see

About the show

A revival of the Tony Award-winning rock musical about teenagers discovering the tumult of sexuality, is presented by Deaf West, performed in both American Sign Language and spoken English. More…

Rebellious teenagers take a provocative journey from adolescence to adulthood in this powerful celebration of self-discovery in oppressive times. A rock musical adaptation of the 1892 German play of the same title by Frank Wedekind. It will be performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken (and sung) English. With a score by Duncan Sheik, this story of youth and sexuality seeks to awaken audience passion.

2h 20m | Already closed | Brooks Atkinson Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1413)


Absorbing, Great staging, Ambitious, Great acting, Must see
Avg Score

Disappointing, Edgy, Intense, Insipid, Unpleasant

See it if you like rock musicals about teens. To me, the plot and songs were unappealing. Interesting approach to include deaf actors on stage.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to loud sound. Weird juxtaposition of old story with modern music. This just didn't work for me.

Also I'm catching up on reviewing shows I saw. Many people loved this Sprin... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Intelligent, Great staging, Original

See it if intelligent innovative staging. Music is still banal and derivative, the story dated. But this production covers it up well in shiny clothes

Don't see it if the staging can be a bit confusing at first but becomes easy to follow in no time

Clever, Thought-provoking, Innovative, Original, Intelligent

See it if You want to see an original adaptation that has never been done before on stage.

Don't see it if You are looking for a feel good musical with memorable songs or story.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You want a fantastically produced revival.

Don't see it if You have no heart.

Ambitious, Masterful, Resonant, Relevant, Delightful

See it if you are a fan of the music, if you'd like to see an innovative take on the musical, you think ASL is an exquisite, dance-like communication

Don't see it if the original turned you off, you don't like loud music, you find double casting and abstract staging too confusing

Ambitious, Dated, Overrated, Great music, Great singing

See it if You want a new interpretation of a classic musical. You want to hear great music.

Don't see it if You want great acting. You remember the original production.

Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Profound, Resonant

See it if you like historic, coming-of-age stories and shows with profound themes.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. (I saw the Deaf West production and found it confusing at times with the integration of deaf and hearing actors.)

Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Original

See it if You're interested in seeing a very different musical staging of a very good musical involving deaf actors.

Don't see it if You disliked the original production of Spring Awakening. This production won't necessarily make you like it any better.

Ambitious, Epic, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy young talented people doing what they love.

Don't see it if You have a bias against differently abled people.

Original, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a clever, inclusive approach to theatre which is emotionally charged and resounding in multiple ways.

Don't see it if you did not like the music in the original, you're heartless and find ASL distracting and reading subtitles from the blackboard annoying.

Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You appreciate a show that has something to say and says it (& signs it) beautifully.

Don't see it if You are not prepared to be moved.

Ambitious, Edgy, Resonant, Relevant, Original

See it if you'd enjoy a groundbreaking production of an established Broadway hit. The sign language adds depth and feeling to the experience for all.

Don't see it if you can't get to New York by Jan 24, 2016.

Great staging, Edgy, Raunchy, Riveting, Overrated

See it if you want to see something effortlessly incorporating sign language and English. If you like indie rock driven scores and darker themes.

Don't see it if you're looking for a feel-good musical. Not a show for teens/younger kids to see with their parents because of the edgy content.

Ambitious, Great staging, Edgy, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy a reimaging of an already groundbreaking production; the addition of ASL took this show to a new level

Don't see it if you want a classical musical or want a light-hearted experience

Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you adore sensitive, intelligent lyrics and book and exquisitely beautiful music, including alternative rock, well staged and performed.

Don't see it if you dislike historical musicals, explicit adolescent hetero- and homosexual sensuality, or challenge to Lutheranism/conservative religion.

Exquisite, Groundbreaking, Refreshing, Clever, Perfect example of what theater could and should be

See it if you are a fan of the original and want to see the story retold in a way that makes it fresh. I was blown away by this interpretation.

Don't see it if you are bringing young kids. But I wish everyone over the age of 17 could have seen this groundbreaking production

Also So, I saw this production in December 2015 in the same weekend that I ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Innovative, Profound, Relevant

See it if you are excited about innovate ways to present musical theatre / you liked the original / you are open to a different kind of theatre

Don't see it if you don’t like loud shows / you are easily overstimulated

Profound, Riveting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Wow. I think it was better than the original. I want to learn sign language now.

Don't see it if You can't absorb coming of age complexity.

Clever, Great singing, Profound, Relevant

See it if Missed the original. Brilliant in its own right.

Don't see it if Close-minded...well, actually could change you

Ambitious, Clever, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if the concept of sign language incorporated into a show appeals to you.

Don't see it if you don't like the show, puberty/sex is an uncomfortable subject.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Intense, Masterful

See it if You're a fan of Spring Awakening and are open to seeing some really cool creative choices made with it.

Don't see it if You did not like the original production. The core of the show has not changed. You want something "family friendly"

Also I am a huge Spring Awakening nerd. Full disclosure, I have music direc... Read more Read less

Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Important

See it if you are looking for a show that is very relevant to young people but can give interesting perspectives everyone. This show is partly in ASL.

Don't see it if subjects such as sex, rape, child cruelty, and nudity make you too unconfortable.

Ambitious, Must see, Original, Alive, Bold

See it if you like your theater with fresh surprises

Don't see it if you find a dichotomy between 'modern' music and 'old-school' values incomprehensible

Breathtaking, Bold, Beautiful, Engaging, Well cast

See it if You like creatively designed and presented rock musicals with a terrific cast led by a fine direction and design

Don't see it if Don't want your mind, ears and eye engaged at the theater.

Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Ambitious

See it if you want to see how you can hear & see a musical performed on stage. ASL is performed brilliantly by both the deaf & hearing cast.

Don't see it if you can't handle a busy production or appreciate how ASL can beautifully performed to make it look like it was part of the choreography.

September 27th, 2015
"One of the great musicals of the last decade was born anew on Sunday, when the thrillingly inventive Deaf West Theater production of 'Spring Awakening' opened on Broadway. Any qualms theater-lovers might have about this being a premature, whiplash-inducing revival will vanish like frost in stron...
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September 25th, 2015
"'Spring Awakening’s original production' ingeniously integrated 19th-century and modern imagery to thrilling effect. Here, with the interpolation of signing and doubled actors, the integration suffers, having a third performance vocabulary to juggle. The score still sounds great, but it’s just n...
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September 27th, 2015
"This revival would have been unjustifiable were it not for the brilliant idea of placing the story in the context of deafness and using many deaf actors to tell it...Deafness is not a random overlay on 'Spring Awakening' or a trendy gimmick hatched to sell it...I liked the new production better ...
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September 27th, 2015
"Arriving so soon after Michael Mayer's viscerally impactful premiere production, this underpowered, unexceptionally sung version seems more of a special presentation than a wholesale reinvention...It's not so much the cast as the concept that only half works here...While the intent merits applau...
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