Monday, April 30, 2012

Spring Awakening Supports Love is Louder

Spring Awakening, the 2007 Tony Award winning best musical, comes to vibrant life on the Hayworth Theatre stage, courtesy of glory|struck Productions, in a new and exciting rock-concert format this summer to raise the volume of awareness for the Love Is Louder movement.

This rock-infused presentation, helmed by director Kate Sullivan Gibbens, with musical direction by Michael Christopher Luebke, is a theatre-concert hybrid that focuses sharply on music and its story, recalling the energy of an East Village music bar as opposed to a traditional “uptown” venue. Audiences will be left with art in its purist, most unadulterated form: the music, the dialogue, and the message.

Casting will be announced soon.

Based on the controversial 1892 play by Frank Wedekind, Spring Awakening recalls the coming of age, and discovery of sexuality among youth in 19th Century Germany. The piece tackles issues of teen suicide, pregnancy, sexuality and identity.

The producers are thrilled to align with Love Is Louder on Spring Awakening, noting “the music, just like the Love Is Louder campaign, speaks volumes about young people and artists alike. And through that connection we are able to sustain our community: a community of creativity, a community of collaboration, and a community of activism.”

Love Is Louder was started by The Jed Foundation, MTV and actress Brittany Snow to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone. Online and in communities around the world, the movement is raising the volume around a critical message - that love and support is more powerful than the external and internal voices that bring us down, cause us pain and make us feel hopeless.

The concert is produced for glory|struck by Topher Rhys, Jamie Lee Barnard, and Nathan Gardner.  glory|struck was founded to create art that aligns poignant narratives with relevant social issues to inspire collective action.

Spring Awakening will be offered in six performances from July 20-29, 2012.

Tickets go on sale in June, and more information is available at, and

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