Monday, April 20, 2009

Spring Awakening in Providence, Boston

Those frisky, angst-ridden 19th-century teenagers of Spring Awakening have wrapped up their nearly monthlong stay in Toronto and are headed for New England! (Sorry, Vance. I know how much you'll miss them.)

The tour of the 2007 Tony-winning Best Musical stops at the Providence Performing Arts Center Tuesday through Sunday. They're giving away tickets to Tuesday night's performance, while supplies last. The promotion ends today so I'm not sure whether there are any tickets left but it's worth a try.

You have to go to one of these locations and ask a staff member on duty about the Spring Awakening Ticket Treasure Hunt. They'll give you a voucher that you'll have to redeem at the PPAC box office by 4 p.m. today. So don't waste any time! For more information, go to the tour Web site, Totally Trucked. (Love the name, btw.)

Providence Central Library, 225 Washington Street, Providence, RI
Mt. Pleasant Library, 315 Academy Avenue, Providence, RI
Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, Providence, RI
Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI
Greenville Library, 573 Putnam Pike, Greenville, RI
Seekonk Library, 410 Newman Avenue, Seekonk, MA
Cranston Public Library, 140 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston, RI
George Hail Free Library, 530 Main Street, Warren, RI
Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
East Providence Public Library, 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, RI
Borders Book Music Movies & Café, 142 Providence Place, Providence, RI
Borders Book Music Movies & Café, 190 Hillside Ave., Cranston, RI (at Garden City)
J. Jill, 100 Midway Road, Cranston, RI (at Garden City)
Borders Book Music Movies & Café, 1212 S. Washington, N. Attleboro, MA

After Providence, the show moves to Boston, where it'll take up residence at the Colonial Theatre from April 28 - May 24. There are a couple of Boston promotions, including a chance to have dinner and meet the cast, details here; and a discount offer, saving $10 a ticket, which you can find out about here.

I loved Spring Awakening when I saw it on Broadway in 2007. It was the last musical in a seven-shows-in-five-days marathon and it was so unlike anything else I'd seen. I was blown away by the energy and electricity of the young cast and I thought the story was so poignant.

The Boston Globe has a story about the musical's themes and its devoted fans. You can read a guide for parents here. From the reviews by my fellow bloggers Steve on Broadway and Vance, at Tapeworthy, the touring production sounds terrific.


Dale said...

I saw it on two visits to NY and loved it, the energy and electricity from the cast along with great songs blew me away. I sent everyone who would listen to it here in Toronto and they enjoyed it.

Vance said...

I don't know what to do with myself now. (At least I have more tickets in London, hehe)

Esther said...

I definitely agree, Dale. And it's always great when you can steer people toward a great evening at the theatre, especially when they might not have gone otherwise.

Poor Vance. You must be going through major withdrawal right now. At least you have London. And there are plenty more tour dates around the United States. ;-)

I'm really looking forward to it. Unfortunately because of work, etc., I'll have to wait until Sunday. ;-(

Pam said...

I saw this show on opening night at PPAC and I LOVED it! I was a little skeptical, due to the content, but I loved the music and the content, while disturbing at times, was very thought-provoking.

Sandy said...

I saw it opening night in Providence and loved it! I had read/heard a little about the controversy but went with an open mind and was not disappointed at all. I'm still thinking about it and amazed by how little some things about growing up have changed in 125 years. And as with Rent, I loved the score.

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Esther said...

Thanks for the comments, Pam and Sandy! I'm so glad you enjoyed Spring Awakening and I'm glad it's attracting such an enthusiastic response on tour. It really does have a great rock 'n' roll score. While the content is disturbing, like you said, it does give you a lot to think about afterward in terms of the pressures on teenagers.