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Tony Award Winning Broadway Musical Spring Awakening to be Performed at UB March 31

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: February 28, 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo will present Spring Awakening on Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre, located at the Center for the Arts, UB North Campus.

Based on the 1891 Frank Wedekind play, Spring Awakening features an award-winning and evocative story with a score by Duncan Sheik, book and lyrics by Steven Sater, and original direction and choreography by Michael Mayer and Bill T. Jones, respectively. Set against the backdrop of repressive and provincial late 19th century Germany, the audience follows a group of young students as they navigate through teenage self-discovery and coming-of-age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion.

The Broadway production of Spring Awakening opened on Dec. 10, 2006, at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. The original cast recording won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The tour will feature Broadway direction and choreography recreated by Lucy Skilbeck and JoAnn M. Hunter, with set design by Christine Jones, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Kevin Adams and sound design by Brian Ronan.

Spring Awakening contains mature themes, sexual situations, strong language and may not be appropriate for younger or sensitive audiences. Recommended for ages 15 and up.

Tickets for Spring Awakening are $50 and $40, general admission, and $27 for students (any school). Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and all Ticketmaster locations, including ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets, call 1-800-745-3000; in Canada, call 416-870-8000. For group sales, call 716-645-6771.For more information call 716-645-2787.