‘Spring Awakening’ Musical Documentary to be Released
The original Broadway cast of Spring Awakening, featuring Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, John Gallagher Jr., Skylar Astin, Lauren Pritchard, Krysta Rodriguez, Gideon Glick, Lilli Cooper, Jennifer Damiano, Gerard Canonico, Christine Eastbrook, Robert Hager, Brian Johnson, Stephen Spinella, Phoebe Strole, Jonny B. Wright, and Remy Zaken, just came together (November 15 ET) for a much-anticipated one-night only reunion concert at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre as a benefit for The Actors Fund. It was directed by the Broadway production’s original director, Michael Mayer.
According to Deadline, the concert will be the subject of an upcoming HBO documentary produced by RadicalMedia, set to be released in 2022. The documentary, which is also set to be streamed on HBO Max, will feature performances from the reunion concert, behind the scenes moments with cast members as they reunite for the first time in 15 years, newly filmed interviews, and archival footage featuring original performance footage.
Spring Awakening is a coming-of-age rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater, based on the 1891 German play of the same name by Frank Wedekind. Set in late 19th-century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of adolescent sexuality.
The musical opened on Broadway on December 10, 2006 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre and won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Director for Mayer, Best Original Score for Sheik, and Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for John Gallagher Jr. It also had a Broadway revival in 2015 by Deaf West Theatre and was nominated for 3 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical for Michael Arden.