This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Spring Awakening: The Hit Coming-of-Age Rock Musical With Duncan Sheik Score
Morgan-Wixson Theatre (Santa Monica, CA)
Spring Awakening took Broadway by storm when it debuted, winning eight Tony Awards (including Best Musical). Punctuated by an electrifying and hauntingly beautiful rock score by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, Spring Awakening follows a group of teenagers as they navigate the confusing and often troubled waters of adolescence and their budding sexuality. Based on an Expressionist play that caused a scandal in 19th-century Germany, it’s a bold and touching musical that captures the timeless and turbulent experience of youth transitioning to adulthood. The characters must grapple with issues like teen suicide, pregnancy and identity — tough topics that remain as relevant as ever.