Book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik, original play by Franz Wedekind. StageTek. Director: Zana Cohen. Musical Director: Benjamin Keihne. Choreographer: David Buckley. Fig Tree Theatre, University of NSW. June 13 – 21, 2014.
Confronting, multi award winning rock musical Spring Awakening, based on a once-banned 1891 play, pulls no punches on themes including teenage sexuality, be it straight, gay or masturbation, youth suicide, teen pregnancy, abortion and child abuse, while raising a lot of questions about adult authority figures and parenting.
The combination of 1890s dialogue and contemporary rock / pop music embeds a universality of teenage rites of passage across more than a century, with a highlight of this production was the way in which Linda Brancato’s costuming embodied that.