Thursday, July 20, 2006
How Sheik: Spring Awakenings To Receive Broadway Transfer
Singing songwriter Duncan Sheik may be best known for his 1996 hit "Barely Breathing," but having shown an initial prowess for musical scoring with his recent Atlantic Theater Company success Spring Awakening, it looks like he's breathed an exciting new chapter into his life. In fact, his pulse must be racing now that Spring Awakening -- already extending its Off-Broadway run through August 5 -- has officially been announced for a Broadway transfer. Dates and theatre are yet to be announced.
The Michael Mayer-helmed Spring Awakenings tells the story of tragic young love. Based on an 1891 play by Frank Wedekind that was banned for 70 years, the musical "depicts how young people navigate the thrilling, confusing and mysterious time of their sexual awakening." Sheik supplies the music to the book and lyrics written by Steven Slater.
The tuner has been regularly selling out during its Atlantic Theater run. With all the critical raves it has been reaping, could this be one of the major contenders during the 2006-07 Tony Awards next spring? We'll have to stay awake and find out.
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