The latest musical onstage at Lower Ossington Theatre is 2006’s multiple Tony winning story of sexual teenagers in turn of the century Germany, Spring Awakening. The rock musical is now playing on the small stage on Ossington Avenue, where it opened this weekend.
For those who don’t know, the musical was created with music by pop singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik. The original Broadway production launched careers of stars who went on to Glee, Pitch Perfect, The Newsroom and other hits.
The show offers a glimpse into the repressed lives of German teens in the 1890s as they discover their sexuality in many different ways. This is a very dramatic musical, and the stars at LOT deliver worthy performances. It’s also impressive to have a full live band backing the singers and dancers – the show is lively even when it’s sad. Spring Awakening runs 2 hours with a 15 minute intermission. Some of the topics are mature, and songs with names like “It’s A Bitch” and “Totally Fucked” tell you who you should and should not bring with you.
Spring Awakening is heartfelt and features drama and some laughs along with great vocals and the players put their all into the performances. It’s onstage until March 1st and tickets are available here.
Photo credit: Seanna Kennedy.