|Broadway in Chicago presents|
|Book/Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Directed by Michael Mayer and Bill T.Jones
at Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 24 W. Randolph (map)
through May 8 | tickets: $27-$90 | more info
Reviewed by Katy Walsh
Judy Bloom books, Playboy magazines, Spice channel, the Internet - the availability of sex-Ed resources has significantly multiplied over the past 100+ years. Before the sexual revolution, past generations lived in ignorant misery. Broadway in Chicago presents the 8-time Tony Award winning Spring Awakening a new musical in town for a one week engagement. Based on the controversial play produced by Frank Wedekind, teenagers come of age in 19th century Germany. Wendall wonders about procreation. Moritz worries about wet dreams. Melchoir questions the punitive educational system within an oppressed society. Along with the other village kids, lustful thoughts arouse more questions without answers. Fornication and masturbation without education is groping in the dark for satisfaction. When the boys and girls venture into the unknown, it takes a village to crush the buds of change. Spring Awakening is a beautiful lust story!
Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Blog.