The MusicalFare Theatre production of Spring Awakening will take the stage at Shea’s 710 Theatre, located at 710 Main St. in Buffalo, from March 8 to 18. The winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, through what Entertainment Weekly called, “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade,” Spring Awakeningexplores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with an illuminating and unforgettable poignancy and passion. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality, and rock and roll that exhilarates audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.
With a book and lyrics by Steven Sater, a brilliant rock score by Duncan Sheik, and direction by Randy Kramer, the MusicalFare production of Spring Awakening stars Leah Berst as Wendla, Patrick Cameron as Moritz, Arianne Davidow as Ilsa, Adam Kluge as Hanschen, and Nick Stevens as Melchior.
The production also features Emily Yancey as Martha, Arin Lee Dandes as Thea, Brittany Bassett as Anna, Dan Urtzas Ernst, Preston D. Williams as Georg, and Lucas Denies as Otto. Rounding out the cast are Jacob Albarella and Lisa Vitrano, who play the adult characters in the show.
Based on Frank Wedekind’s groundbreaking and controversial play, Spring Awakening takes place in 1891 Germany, a time when grown-ups held all the cards. Headstrong Melchior and naive Wendla stumble into each others’ arms, passionate and curious, while anxious Moritz struggles to live up to the stringent expectations of society. With only each other for guidance, this group of young men and women travel the fraught and rocky path of adolescence, discovering their bodies, their minds, and themselves along the way. An electric, vibrant celebration of youth and rebellion, Spring Awakening fuses issues of morality, sexuality, and rock and roll into a story that packs a powerful emotional punch.
Please note: Spring Awakening may not be appropriate for all ages due to adult language and mature themes, including sexual content.