Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Song-osity: Spring Awakening

Give my regards to old broadway...
And say that I'll be there e'er long...

Saturday night, Mom and I had a night out on the town seeing the Spring Awakening revival. The show was revived this fall, but with a beautiful and artistic addition. The theater company Deaf West has restaged the show using Hearing and Deaf actors. The entire show is presented in American Sign Language. Deaf actors have a "voice" on stage with them and the Hearing actors also sign their parts.

I had never seen Spring Awakening so it was wonderful to finally see this remarkable show. The story is beautiful and a bit sad, but so well done. The cast was amazing, including Marlee Matlin (I may have freaked out when she walked on stage!!).

The ASL is a beautiful addition, it's like choreography - it enriches the story and visual experience. I have actually scene one other Deaf West production before, "Big River" so it was a real treat to see their next big production.

The show ends this winter, so if you can see it - GO!
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13 thoughts on the matter:

Jackie Mc Guinness said... {Reply}

That would have been really interesting to see. Love theatre.

Dara @ Not In Jersey said... {Reply}

that sounds really cool. my high school had a deaf and hard of hearing program so most of our school performances or assemblies included interpreters and it was always interesting to watch them signing!

Kelleyn Rothaermel said... {Reply}

Never heard of a show done in all sign language. How fantastic!

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Tom said... {Reply}

Looks like a fun show,

Gina Kleinworth said... {Reply}

I love that you go do these things!!!!! How I miss the theater.

Adrienne said... {Reply}

Wow! What an experience! And I love Marlee Maitlin - I would have freaked a bit too! We're going to see Beautiful tonight! Can't wait!

Kathy McB said... {Reply}

So envious you got to see this! It is on my Broadway Bucket List...along with "Hamilton"! Thanks for sharing at Song-ography.

Rebecca said... {Reply}

I bet that was awesome to see. I love how asl creates its own choreography. My husband's grandmother, daughter of 2 deaf parents, was a noted interpreter in the Philadelphia area in here lifetime even having her own TV show back in the day.

NC Sue said... {Reply}

Very cool!
Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/11/waiting-for-metro.html

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said... {Reply}

My daughters were talking about this show when we were in NYC...it sounds so good! I would have loved it with the ASL and freaked out if I saw Marlee Matlin too!

Nicki said... {Reply}

Sounds like a great outing with your mom.

Ida said... {Reply}

How exciting to see a Broadway play like that and to also see Marlee Matlin (I loved her in Children of a Lesser God).

Molly said... {Reply}

Sounds like a great production

Mollyxxx