New Jersey Stage

Saturday, March 12, 2011

State Theatre Presents "Spring Awakening"

(New Brunswick, NJ) -- State Theatre presents the national tour of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening for two performances on Saturday, April 2 at 2pm and 8pm. The winner of eight Tony(R) Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening features a score by Duncan Sheik, and book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Tickets range from $32-67.



The Spring Awakening cast includes Christopher Wood as Melchior, Elizabeth Judd as Wendla, Coby Getzug as Moritz, Courtney Markowitz as Ilse, Rachel Geisler as Anna, Jim Hogan as Georg, Aliya Bowles as Martha, George E. Salazar as Otto, Emily Mest as Thea, Devon Stone as Hanschen, and Daniel Plimpton as Ernst, as well as ensemble members Jamie Rea Billings, Erin Burniston, William J. Lewis, Michael Linden, and Jeff Ostermueller.



Based on the 1891 Frank Wedekind play, the landmark musical is a stirring combination of sexuality, morality and rock & roll that is captivating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years. Spring Awakening features an award-winning and evocative story with a score by Duncan Sheik, book and lyrics by Steven Sater, and original direction and choreography by Michael Mayer and Bill T. Jones, respectively.



Broadway direction and choreography will be recreated by Lucy Skilbeck and JoAnn Hunter. Set design is by Christine Jones, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Kevin Adams and sound design by Brian Ronan.



Set against the backdrop of a repressive and provincial late 19th century Germany, Spring Awakening follows a group of young students as they navigate through teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety. A powerful celebration of youth and rebellion the New York Times raves, "Broadway may never be the same."



The Broadway production opened on December 10, 2006 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. The original cast recording of Spring Awakening won the 2008 Grammy(R) Award for Best Musical Show Album. Originally produced by Ira Pittelman, Tom Hulce, Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and the Atlantic Theatre Co., the 2010 – 2011 national tour of Spring Awakening is produced by NETworks Presentations, LLC.



Spring Awakening contains mature themes, sexual situations, and strong language.



For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Saturday 1pm to 5pm; and at least one hour prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517.



The State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people's lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre's programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.