Check out this article about Actors’ Spring Awakening in The Grand Rapids Press:
Actors’ Theatre presents Tony-winning rock musical ‘Spring Awakening’
Published: Monday, November 28, 2011, 6:00 AM
By Sue Merrell | The Grand Rapids Press
GRAND RAPIDS — Winter hasn’t officially begun yet, but spring is in the air at Actors’ Theatre.
“Spring Awakening,” a rock musical that took the 2007 Tony Awards by storm, opens Thursday and will run three weekends instead of the usual two because of heightened interest in this controversial tale of sexual discovery.
“This isn’t ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” said director Fred Sebulske, “but if you are under 21, you know this music. This is your ‘Hair,’” he added, referring to a controversial rock musical of the ’60s.
Based on a Frank Wedekind’s 1892 German play, “Spring Awakening” straddles two centuries. The story is set in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century, but the music is definitely 21st-century rock, and the lyrics even make anachronistic references, such as “turn on the stereo.”