Spring Awakening returning to Broadway -- in sign language
A new revival of Spring Awakening performed in English and American Sign Language has barely shuttered in Los Angeles, and it’s already buzzing for a Broadway transfer.
Deaf West Theatre’s production of the electrifying coming-of-age musical Spring Awakening will head to Broadway following a sold-out and extended run in Beverly Hills, Deadline reports. A source familiar with the production confirmed to EW that the transfer is indeed happening.
Helmed by director Michael Arden and choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance and theater vet Spencer Liff, the production features a cast of 27 who perform the musical simultaneously in spoken English and American Sign Language (in some cases, one role is played by two cast members). Deaf West was recently and memorably represented with ASL productions of Big River and Pippin, both of which happened to feature Arden.
The original Tony-winning production of Spring Awakening opened on Broadway in 2006 and closed in 2009, but not before birthing Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele into the celebrity ether. Written by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, the show took home a whopping eight Tony Awards in 2007, including Best Musical.
Deaf West produces the revival in conjunction with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Cody Lassen. The Los Angeles cast includes Joey Antonio, Hillary Baack, Miles Barbee, Sean Barna, Katie Boeck, Joshua Castille, Julian Comeau, Daniel N. Durant, Treshelle Edmond, Sandra Mae Frank, Kathryn Gallagher, Gabrielle Garza, Sean Grandillo, Karla Gutierrez, Amelia Hensley, Lauren M. Luiz, Daniel Marmion, Austin McKenzie, Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez, Natacha Roi, Rustin Cole Sailors, Howie Seago, Daniel David Stewart, Ali Stroker, Alexandra Winter, and Alex Wyse.