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Spring Awakening: A New Musical

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Reviewed by Paula Citron
October 11, 2011

Spring Awakening: A New Musical
(based on the play by Frank Wedekind)
Lower Ossington Theatre
Book and lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Directed by Michael Rubenstein
Performed by Jonathan Logan, Andrew Ball, Courtney Lamanna, Laura Jean Elligsen, Nicole Marie McCafferty, Adam Norad, Graham Parkhurst, Rebecca Perry, Aaron Sax, Clara Scott, Aaron Wolfe (with Sarah-Liis Jones and Kevin John McDonald as the adults)
Lower Ossington Theatre
Sept. 21 to Oct. 8, 2011

The Lower Ossington Theatre is mounting a season of musicals featuring young talent. I caught the last performance of Spring Awakening, and it was an auspicious opening to LOT’s season.

The 2006 musical won all kinds of Tony Awards. Based on German playwright Frank Wedekind’s scandalous 1892 play about sexual awakening in young teens, the plot deals with abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide.

I’m not a fan of the musical. All the soft rock songs sound the same. But that aside, the huge cast, which includes 11 young people and 2 adults, was fabulous. The emerging talent was either in theatre school, or recent graduates. Their commitment to their characters was intense.

Young director Michael Rubinstein and choreographer Amanda Nagy produced clever staging and dance numbers. The set was made up of wooden benches and scaffolding which proved that less is more.

Lower Ossington Theatre is certainly worth following this season for the passion it puts on stage.

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