THEATER | “Spring Awakening”: Teenagers are horny. And?

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  1. This musical does focus on the nature of adolesence (which includes their sexual discovery and its accomapnying angst), but it specifically explores this in a repressed society. The play upon which this musical is based was banned in its early days, in great part for it’s social commentary about the effects of not honestly communicating with youth about sex, the abuse/rape that can more easily fester under sexually repressive environments, problems with the education system (which discouraged questioning) and the danger that can be illicited from questioning those things which have been deemed as Gospel.

    When I listened to the soundtrack before seeing the production in Des Moines last week, I wasn’t particularly pulled in. That said, the book, staging, choreography, and music are wonderfully woven together by a strong cast, and they made for great storytelling. The whole is much stronger than the sum of its parts, in this instance.

    Bill T. Jones did a wonderful job of integrating choreography into the story, emotional atmosphere, and the seamless scene transitions in this production. With few exceptions (the F-bomb song and the masturbation scene-song), the choreography and music focused much more on the story-telling and emotional content, then on sensationalism (and F-bombs).

    I agree, if you just want a funny masturbation scene… there are cheaper options. While this is not a flawless musical, the marvelous way in which it was crafted together (most notably the first 3/4 of it) was worth the price of admission for me.

    In unrelated news, I felt I paid too much money for “American Pie” when I saw it at the cinema. Different strokes for different folks.

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