Hit Musical Spring Awakening from Griffin Theatre Company
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The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture teenage troubles at their worst, from "Woe Is Me" to "My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament)." And the contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning for Best Book. Learn More
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Featured review from Mo in Chicago
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For all the hype, I was somewhat disappointed. The story centers around 8th - 9th graders coming into their sexual awakening, I had mistakenly been told it was about late teens/early twenties, so the story was very different than expected. Regardless of the storyline, the vocal performances were mixed--about half of the actors didn't project and/or their diction needed work because their lines weren't discernible. The costumes were a mix of time periods, like the song lyrics. The choreography, stage direction & set design were nicely done. The lighting was excellent, as was the orchestra.
Quotes & Highlights
- "In its first Chicago-born production, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s electrified update of Frank Wedekind’s 19th-century play retains the honesty and energy that make it such a successful portrait of timeless teen angst. Among the excellent young company, Josh Salt and Aja Wiltshire as Melchior and Wendla feel like major discoveries. If you want to catch the next generation of Chicago musical-theater talent, this is a good start to your awakening." --Time Out Chicago (Critic's Pick)
- “There’s an immediacy to director Jonathan Berry's up-close-and-personal production which places the actors so close to the audience, they can see the tear tracks running down Salt's face … The scale is reduced, yet Berry retains the raw energy and tension that is so crucial to the show. Moreover, he has assembled a cast of young, imminently watchable singer/actors (several making their professional debuts) who personify the notion of the whole-as-greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts. Individually, they're good. Together they're glorious, as evidenced by their performance of pulsating anthems like “Totally (expletive),” an expression of defiance in the face of defeat. Credit music director and conductor Allison Kane, whose rockin' quintet plays Sheik's lovely, haunting score.” —Daily Herald
The Tony Award-winning Musical
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
The Tony Award-winning musical that change musical theater on Broadway forever in its first made in Chicago production. A groundbreaking fusion of morality, sexuality, and rock & roll that celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood.
Directed by Jonathan Berry
About the Ticket Supplier: Griffin Theatre Company
The mission of the Griffin Theatre Company is to create extraordinary and meaningful theatrical experiences for both children and adults by building bridges of understanding between generations that instill in its
audience an appreciation of the performing arts. Through artistic collaboration the Griffin Theatre Company produces literary adaptations, original work and classic plays that challenge and inspire, with wit,
style and compassion for the audience.