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'Spring Awakening' from Deaf West opening on Broadway in September

It's official: 'Spring Awakening' from @DeafWest to open on Broadway on Sept. 27

The recent revival of "Spring Awakening" from Deaf West Theatre in Los Angeles is officially Broadway bound. 

Producers announced on Tuesday that the staging — which is performed using Deaf West's signature mix of spoken English and American Sign Language — will open at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York on Sept. 27 for a limited 18-week run. Previews are set to begin Sept. 8.

Directed by Michael Arden, "Spring Awakening" was seen last year at Inner-City Arts and transferred this year to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The last Deaf West production to reach Broadway was "Big River" in 2003.

No casting has been announced for the Broadway transfer. Organizers said the engagement will conclude Jan. 9, with no possibility of an extension.

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"Spring Awakening" opened on Broadway in 2006, running for more than two years and spawning a national tour. The rock musical, featuring music by Duncan Sheik and adapted from the play by Frank Wedekind, opened earlier that year at the off-Broadway Atlantic Theater Company. 

The production won a slew of Tony Awards, including the prize for new musical.

The Broadway-bound revival is being produced by Ken Davenport, Cody Lassen, Hunter Arnold and Deaf West. The Brooks Atkinson is currently home to the musical "It Shoulda Been You," which recently posted a closing notice for Aug. 9.

Last week, a Deaf West spokeswoman confirmed reports that "Spring Awakening" would be transferring to New York, but was unable to provide dates or a theater. 

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