Another Mayer-directed musical by a rocker who emerged in the '90s, Patti's Griffin's "10 Million Miles," is now playing at the Atlantic Theater Company, the same off-Broadway theater that spawned "Spring Awakening." Meanwhile, "Passing Strange," by the veteran L.A. alt-rocker Stew (Mark Stewart), has won glowing reviews in its current New York run at the Public Theater, and Des McAnuff, who staged two of the most successful jukebox musicals -- "The Who's Tommy" and "Jersey Boys" -- is working on a musical with the Oklahoma alt-rock band the Flaming Lips.
Boehm reported from Los Angeles and Pacheco from New York.
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Musical: "Spring Awakening"
David Hyde Pierce, "Curtains"
Christine Ebersole, "Grey Gardens"
Play: "The Coast of Utopia"
Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"
Julie White, "The Little Dog Laughed"