“Spring Awakening” reaped three Tony Awards nominations, including a bid for Best Musical Revival. Based on Frank Weinkind‘s 1891 play of the same name, it tells the story of a group of German teenagers grappling with their burgeoning sexuality.
The original version won eight Tonys, including Best Musical in 2007, and ran until 2009. It is unusual for a show to be revived so soon but this production was unique in that it combined both hearing and non-hearing actors. Deaf West had done the same with great acclaim in 2003 with the 1985 Best Musical champ “Big River.”
On Sunday’s Tony Awards telecast, the youthful cast was introduced by Oscar winner Marlee Matlin (“Children of a Lesser God”) who had made her Broadway debut as part of the company. They performed a medley of the rock-infused music by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater.
“Spring Awakening” lost all four of its races. However, it was in good company as all but three of the musicals in contention were blanked. “Hamilton” won a near-record 11 Tony Awards (“The Producers” took 12 in 2001). The other two musicals to win were “The Color Purple,” which won Best Musical Revival and Best Actress (Cynthia Erivo) and “She Loves Me,” which won Best Scenic Design for David Rockwell.