I saw Spring Awakening when the musical first debuted in NYC in 2006 (featuring future Gleeks Rachel Berry and Jesse St. James). I was a little confused as to why German teenagers from the late 1800s were singing rock songs; this actually still bothers me a bit. The actors were good, but the punk/rock/1800s style was too much for me.
I was walking home from the grocery store this morning and saw ads for this show coming to Singapore. Sigh. I realize I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m going to air my critical and unconfirmed complaints.
- Asian actors are going to dress up in 1800s costumes with a punk twist and play characters named Wendela and Melchior from Germany? I have no imagination - I admit it.
- A fairly conservative country is showing a musical about youth sorting through their sexual curiosity? This may be reason enough to see it: that is, to see the reaction of fellow theater-goers who had no idea of the plot. If I see the original image for this show used in advertising…I’ll go and see it. (I’m betting there is no way they would use it!)
- I don’t have anything further. I thought, I did. But, I don’t.