A weekend of new musicals

Saw a wonderful new musical last Friday called Spring Awakening at the Atlantic Theatre Co.  The music was written by Duncan Sheik most notable for the pop tune "Barely Breathing"  I think it could be the next RENT.  It’s about kids coming of age and is based on the German play Spring Awakening written in 1891 and banned in Britain until 1970! The dialogue is of yesterday’s English, but the music and lyrics are quite modern, which is very jolting but in a good way.  The show deals with sexuality and teen suicide and parenting.  It is quite a fable and definitley has it’s share of controversy. The seating layout is of a modified 3/4 thrust, so there is audience seating on SL and SR.  The cast members sit with the audience when they are not in a particular scene.  The direction is courageous and all the elements integrate nicely.  The show left me blown away, and I can’t wait for a cast recording.  As Amy and her friend Alisa were walking out of the theatre, we saw Duncan Sheik talking to someone in the back of the house. 

Over the weekend, we saw another show called Burnt Part Boys performed by Barrington Stage Company’s musical theatre lab located in the Berkshires.  The show had it’s first public reading at UNL, spearheaded by Alisa (Amy’s friend and former voice teacher).  One of Alisa’s students was performing in the show as well. While the show has some book problems, it does have legs and has garnered a lot of interest from major theatre companies in NY, such as Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Roundabout.  William Finn (Falsettos, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) was the mentor for the show and we got to talk to him during intermission. 

The drive to and from the Berkshires was quite pretty and very pleasant.  We drove by lot’s of signs of well known places such as the Tappan Zee Bridge, Pleasantville, and Putnam County.  I love the hustle and bustle of New York City, but every once in a while it is so nice to get away from it all,  and be able to walk along a sidewalk without constantly bumping into people.  Will definitely have to make some more trips like that. 


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