This week, Performing Arts Fort Worth Director of Marketing Jason Wise is sending us reports from New York, where he and other PAFW staffers are catching Broadway’s latest and greatest shows. Take it away, Jason!
Greetings from the Big Apple! We’ve returned to New York for our annual winter Broadway League meetings with show reps and agents.
For the next several days, we’ll see all the great new shows that have opened up on Broadway, many of which we’re hoping to bring to Bass Hall in upcoming Broadway at the Bass seasons.
One of the most exciting new shows on Broadway this year is the new Deaf West Theatre production of Spring Awakening, an exceptionally moving piece of work.
Fans of the original Broadway production, which won a staggering eight Tony Awards in 2007, will surely fall in love with this revival.
This innovative production, which features both hearing and deaf actors, incorporates American Sign Language, along with dance, into the emotionally-charged story.
The score is also slightly different, providing a more raw, stripped down feel; Duncan Sheik’s song lyrics really come to the forefront.
I was a fan of the original production (we brought the tour to Bass Hall in 2010) but I found myself moved even more by this new production. The show’s re-imagined format gives it a new dimension and many in the audience seemed to feel a very personal connection with the show.
Producers have announced that this new version of Spring Awakening will hit the road in 2017, so hopefully we can bring it to Fort Worth in the future.