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‘Spring Awakening’ production by Deaf West heading to New York

‘Spring Awakening’

Shown is a scene from Deaf West’s production of “Spring Awakening,” which was recently staged at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

(Kevin Parry)

The recent revival of “Spring Awakening” mounted by Deaf West Theatre in Los Angeles will be heading to New York. A spokeswoman for the company confirmed reports Wednesday that the staging, which features actors performing in a mix of English and American Sign Language, is expected to make the leap to New York in the fall.

“Spring Awakening,” directed by Michael Arden, was first seen at Inner-City Arts last year before transferring this spring to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

No official announcement has been made about the New York transfer, and it remains unclear if the musical will land on Broadway or off-Broadway.

Deaf West is no stranger to the Broadway scene. The L.A. theater company saw its acclaimed production of “Big River” open on Broadway in 2003.


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

The recent Deaf West production was a collaboration with Arden’s theater company, the Forest of Arden. The cast included actors Sandra Mae Frank as Wendla and Austin McKenzie as Melchior.

No dates, cast or theater have been announced for the New York run. News of the transfer was first reported Wednesday by Deadline.

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