â€śThis brave new musical, haunting and electrifying by turns, restores the mystery, the thrill to that shattering transformation that stirs in all our souls.â€ťâ€”Charles Isherwood, The New York Timesâ€śThe staggering purity of this show will touch all open heartsâ€¦In its refined, imaginative simplicity, it daringly reverses all the conventional rules by returning the American musical to an original state of innocence.â€ťâ€”John Heilpern, The New York Observerâ€śAn unexpected jolt of sudden genius, edgy in its brutally honest, unromanticized depiction of human sexuality.â€ťâ€”New York Post Spring Awakening is an extraordinary new rock musical with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Duncan Sheik. Inspired by Frank Wedekindâ€™s controversial 1891 play about teenage sexuality and societyâ€™s efforts to control it, the piece seamlessly merges past and present, underscoring the timelessness of adolescent angst and the universality of human passion. Steven Saterâ€™s plays include the long-running Carbondale Dreams, Perfect for You, Doll (Rosenthal Prize/Cincinnati Playhouse), Umbrage (Steppenwolf New Play Prize), and a reconceived version of Shakespeareâ€™s Tempest, which played in London. Duncan Sheik is a singer/songwriter who also collaborated with Sater on the musical The Nightingale. He has composed original music for The Gold Rooms of Nero and for The Public Theaterâ€™s Twelfth Night in Central Park.