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

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

(1429 Ratings)
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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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50 Reviews | 10 Followers
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You loved the original, the sign language made the story even more haunting and beautiful.

Don't see it if You don’t love the original production.

84 Reviews | 1 Follower
Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You loved the original run

Don't see it if You are easily offended

129 Reviews | 11 Followers
Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You love a spectacular and innovative production of a moving musical.

Don't see it if There is no good reason not to see this, it’s spectacular

350 Reviews | 163 Followers
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 Read more

239 Reviews | 198 Followers
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.

53 Reviews | 15 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Profound

See it if You want to be moved and inspired by a deeply profound and inspiring concept (using Deaf West). This show was simply amazing!

Don't see it if You are easily offended by strong themes such as sex.

302 Reviews | 87 Followers
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.

105 Reviews | 12 Followers
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great writing, Resonant, Profound

See it if You understand the pressures of adolescence (or want to), want to be immersed in truly beautiful music, see the harm ignorance can cause

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with partial nudity, teenagers exploring sex and sexuality, tragedy at the hands of ignorant and controlling parents

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 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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New York Daily News
September 27th, 2015

"In Deaf West's exhilarating reboot of the moody and stirring 2007 Tony winner, the repressed and rudderless kids are lifting more than their voices. They’re also raising their hands to express themselves — and casting a whole new spell. The show combines hearing and non-hearing actors who use American Sign Language. Some roles are played by two actors — one who sings, one who signs. Many in the cast do both at once. The result: Lines and lyrics look as poetic and provocative as they sound."
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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 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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