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Reviewed by Patrick Hao On face value, setting alternative rock tunes in a conservative village in 19th century Germany seems like a crazy notion. But Spring Awakening, the Tony Award-winning musical by Duncan Sheik (with lyrics and book by Steven Slater), perfectly blends the two. By equating 21st century teen angst to that of 19th century children, the musical, adapted from an 1891 play by Frank Wedekind, illuminates just how much nothing has changed when it comes to sexual awakening, rebellion and embracing individuality. Binghamton University’s adaptation, directed by Tommy Iafrate, the...
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Reviewed by George Basler Director Patrick Foti calls Spring Awakening, which opened Thursday (July 19) at the Endicott Performing Arts Center, a descendant of West Side Story, the ground-breaking musical of a half century ago. While the comparison might not be readily apparent, both shows deal with the raw emotions of young characters caught up in a world that can crush their dreams. And just as West Side Story pushed the envelope in terms of staging and themes seen on Broadway in the late 1950s, Spring Awakening does the...
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