Ben, one of my favorite friends from LA (he did introduce me to Oprah, after all!), was visiting New York City for fashion week. So in addition to previewing the latest fashion designs, we also decided to preview Broadway’s next hit show, Spring Awakening. I am SO glad that we did!
Our seats were amazing (fourth row center!) so of course we took a selfie before the show started. Although we really didn’t need an excuse… Ben takes selfies everywhere!
Spring Awakening is absolutely, unequivocally incredible.
The revival is by Deaf West, and incorporates sign language into the production. In fact, several characters are deaf, and other performers lend their voices while those characters sign.
The plot follows teenagers coming of age in the late 1800s. The obstacles that they face still resonate today, resulting in a poignant story that the audience can relate to. The parents don’t understand what their children are going through, and the element of sign language in the production further reinforces the idea that the teenagers’ hopes, fears and opinions aren’t being heard among the adults in their lives.
The show is moving, and addresses heavy issues, so if you’re looking for an upbeat, happy musical then Spring Awakening may not be the best choice. But if you want to feel something profoundly raw, and witness incredible acting, then I highly, highly recommend it.
After the show, we headed outside while commenting on how amazing the performers were. We passed by the stage door, and I jokingly suggested to Ben that we wait for the actors to exit the theatre. He scoffed, because “that would be so pedestrian.”
Well I turned around to take a picture, and when I turned back around, guess where Ben was? Waiting at the front of the line to meet the performers! You’re so pedestrian, Ben!
Spring Awakening is only running until January 24, 2016. So don’t do anything (don’t even finish reading this post!) until you buy your tickets! You can do so here.
Trust me, this is one show that you don’t want to miss.