by Chris Davis
Spring Awakening is coming to the Orpheum for one night only, Saturday, November 13.
The critically adored musical is based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 coming-of-age play, which was banned in Germany (Yeah, Germany) for subject matter that included masturbation, abortion, suicide, homoeroticism, bondage and... well, let's just say it's an action packed indictment of a culture that keeps children ignorant of their sexual functions. In 2007 the musical received 11 Tony nominations and took home 8 statuettes.
It's been said that the musical adaptation is amoral, missing the political edge of Wedekind's original. Maybe so, but musicals have gone off in some interesting directions in recent years and Spring Awakening is one of the best.
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