poster for Spring AwakeningDEPARTMENT OF THEATRE PRESENTS ROCK MUSICAL

The University at Albany Department of Theatre is pleased to present Spring Awakening,a rock musical which celebrates the explosive journey from adolescence to adulthood, for seven performances in the Main Theatre at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus from February 27 to March 8, 2014.  The production is being staged with support from the John Orser ’55 Theatrical Endowment, University at Albany Foundation and University Auxiliary Services.

Set against the backdrop of a repressive and provincial late 19th century Germany, Spring Awakening tells the timeless story of teenage self-discovery and budding sexuality as seen through the eyes of three teenagers. Haunting and provocative, it celebrates an unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with power, poignancy and passion.

"Broadway may never be the same. This brave new musical, haunting and electrifying by turns, restores the mystery and the thrill to that shattering transformation that stirs in all of our souls," wrote Charles Isherwood in The New York Times when the show opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theater in 2006. That production was the winner of eight Tony Awards and was hailed as the “Best Musical of the Year” by The New York Times.

Based on the infamous 1891 Frank Wedekind play, Spring Awakening features an electrifying score by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater.  The UAlbany production features direction and choreography by Chad Larabee, music direction by Marcus Schlegel, additional choreography by Cherise Pinder, scenic and lighting design by Andi Lyons and costume design by Anne Croteau. John Knapp is the technical director.

The schedule includes performances on Thursday and Friday, February 27 & 28 at 7pm; Sunday, March at 2pm; Thursday and Friday, March 6 & 7 at 7pm; and Saturday, March 8 at 2pm. 

Tickets are $20 for the general public and $18 for all students, senior citizens and UAlbany faculty & staff. A limited number of onstage seats are available for $15.  Tickets may be purchased through the Performing Arts Center Box Office.  For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.

Please note: This show contains mature themes, sexual situations and strong language.