Spring Awakening (Broadway: Deaf West)
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Spring Awakening (Broadway: Deaf West)

Spring Awakening (Broadway: Deaf West) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(1419 Reviews)
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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.

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913 Reviews | 929 Followers
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

888 Reviews | 1017 Followers
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.

982 Reviews | 343 Followers
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. Read more

546 Reviews | 1879 Followers
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.

716 Reviews | 157 Followers
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

635 Reviews | 237 Followers
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.

505 Reviews | 729 Followers
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.)

563 Reviews | 194 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (61)

The New York Times
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 strong sunlight when the young cast of both hearing and deaf actors floods the stage...A first-rate production of a transporting musical."
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Time Out New York
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 not as fluidly performed to maximize the emotional impact...For all of the valid reservations one can have about this experiment, there’s still beauty to admire, if you’re willing to hear."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 than the original."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 applause, the execution is not sufficiently fresh or Broadway-caliber to justify the swift return."
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Entertainment Weekly
September 28th, 2015

"It’s been twelve years since Deaf West mounted a Broadway production—let’s hope we don’t have to wait that long for another. Same goes for the immensely talented first time director Arden, who saw the amazing potential of Duncan Sheik’s gorgeous music and knew just what to do to wake up Broadway with it once again. Hopefully there is far more to come from this pairing."
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September 27th, 2015

"With 'Spring Awakening,' which marks Deaf West’s second major Broadway transfer, the company goes as far as to incorporate the deaf dimension into the plot of the hit musical, transforming a show about the explosive consequences of denying sex-ed to a conservative late-19th-century German community into a critique of deaf education policy at the same time. As such, Deaf West awakens something new in the show, which is not so much a revival as it is a reinvention."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 1st, 2015

"Few things in theater are rarer than a production so fine that it cries out to be seen in spite of the show, but that’s the case with Deaf West’s 'Spring Awakening:' It ranks among the most emotionally charged renderings of a musical to come to Broadway in the past decade, one that all who love the genre should rush to see."
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September 27th, 2015

"This intoxicating production kicks the power of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s propulsive musical into a higher sphere altogether. And yet it seems truer in spirit than even the original 2006 production to Frank Wedekind’s daring, scandal-making play about teens on the verge of a sexual breakdown...The only shadow cast here is of great musical-theater making. The lighting may be dappled but 'Spring Awakening' is brilliant."
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