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new favorite musical

4.17.2008


Who knew I had room in my heart for any more, right? Well, scoot over and make some room Evita because I'm currently obsessed with Spring Awakening.

And I'm not alone. It won 8 Tony Awards last year. 8. For Best Musical, Best Book of A Musical, Best Original Score, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, and Best Lighting Design of a Musical. Ow!

It's based on a German play from 1891 by Frank Wedekind. It was banned for its controversial subjects including rape, masturbation, abortion, and suicide. The overall theme is about adolescent sexuality and growing up to become adults. How do our parents and teachers and mentors prepare us for the world? Read more about the plot here (there are spoilers so beware).

All the songs are written by Duncan Sheik with lyrics by Steven Sater. I had never heard of Duncan but I recognized his hit song "Barely Breathing" (you would know it if you heard it) . I haven't heard the entire score yet (it's on its way), but I can't, can't, can't stop listening to the song "Touch Me." I'll be honest, it was kind of an awkward song to listen to at first. Check out the full lyrics here.



Here's the cast singing it on "The View." I'd turn it off after the song's over because then Rosie fusses all over them, but ack! it kills me. Such a great song:



The best part of all?

I don't have to go to New York to see it. It's coming to the town in October. I'm SUPER excited. Many are saying that while very different from RENT, it may make the same impact on today's youth as RENT did in the mid-nineties (and still is). Anybody want to join me?

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