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What do you think of ‘Spring Awakening’ at the Fox?

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"Spring Awakening" and all its teen angst is at the Fox Theatre through March 14.

A list of ways I will sort “Spring Awakening” into my memory:

  • Musicals I’m unlikely to see performed by high school drama programs.
  • Theater experience I don’t want share with anybody I’ve only just met.
  • Conversely, theater experiences I don’t want to share with my dad.
  • Musicals that address puberty and sex, but not like in, say, “Once Upon a Mattress,” where the young are comically naive, or even in “West Side Story,” where the young and naive are in love.
  • Shows that use words I’m not allowed to type in this family-friendly blog in a musical way.
  • Shows that include words like “labia majora” in the script.
  • Shows that make me wonder, “Wait, which of those 1990s radio hits belonged to Duncan Sheik?”
  • Shows where audience members laugh uncomfortably, hoot like high school kids, raise their eyebrows and mutter “Oh, hell no…” when two characters begin to kiss, and then stand on their feet to applaud at the end.

It’s a pretty unique theater experience, one that combines a modern soundtrack with 1890s wardrobe and English language with intensely Germanic names. It’s a teen story through and through. Many adult characters are portrayed by only two adult actors, and we see them, mostly, as kids see them: strict, dominating, abusive, ignorant, rarely sympathetic. We see the light and dark teen stories — puberty, flirtation, discovery, love, abuse, suicide, abortion — in full passion. Meanwhile: it’s all catchy.

This is not a show for everybody –  the “mature audiences” warning is deeply serious — but I’m glad to know it won Tony awards for best musical, best book and best score in 2007.

Did you see “Spring Awakening” at the Fox? What did you think of it?

Here’s a video montage from the most raucous number in the show, a song with a title I’m not allowed to type here.  Enjoy!

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Want to go? “Spring Awakening” runs through March 14. $25-$66. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org.

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Stooge

March 12th, 2010
10:38 am

Just saw it last night, and I think you’re being very generous. There were *maybe* two catchy songs, a bunch of character types instead of real characters (which, granted, is a problem with most stage musicals), and a completely pretentious tone. Not worth $40 a ticket.

Jennyc

March 11th, 2010
5:19 pm

I saw it in NY and it is something else. Really groundbreaking theatre, and NOT for the under-17 crowd. The soundtrack is worth every penny, too! GO see it, open your mind. It’s fabulous. Think of “Tommy” for the 21st Century. What’s amazing is that is was written in the late 1800s. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

John

March 11th, 2010
1:39 pm

I wish I had the cash for tickets.

Anyone who has not heard of Spring Awakening or does not know what it’s like/about, hasn’t been paying attention.

Tom Todaro

March 11th, 2010
12:29 pm

I hope to see more and more shows like this here in Atlanta; the contemporary challenging our senses with what has been ingrained in our culture for centuries through the classics. Can you did and find Romeo and Juliet in this story? perhaps. Is there a Led Zeppelin brick in this wall? yes. Can we strain to hear every word while leaning into our own futures, slouching to our pasts? these themes are universal, this play is beautiful. Bring your adolescents; if you’re cool they’ll be cool and you’re doing them a favor plucked straight from the leitmotif of “Spring Awakening.”

Jamie Gumbrecht

March 11th, 2010
11:05 am

Hi Amy! This is totally not appropriate for younger kids — I’d be fine seeing the show with, say, my 17-year-old sister, but I’m not sure my mom would be cool with it. As for a date night, I think this would be great, as long as people know what they’re getting into. It’s not a feel-good story. I’d probably veto this for a first date, but I’d happily have taken my fiance along — if only he could sit through a musical. :)

Amy @ Atlanta With Kid

March 11th, 2010
10:58 am

Thanks for the review. At least I know what to expect now. :) I was thinking about posting it on my blog about the deal but then decide against it since my blog is for family with kids. :) Well, parents can probably go for a date night. Will it be even good for a date night? :)