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Monday, 3 August 2015

Oscar Winner Joins Broadway Revival Of Spring Awakening

Winning actress Marlee Matlin award joins the company Deaf West.

Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin prize will join the Deaf West production of Spring Awakening, reaching Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway next fall. Performances for 18-week limited engagement are set to begin Sept. 8 before an opening of 27 September and will run until January 9, 2016.

Matlin won both a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama and Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Children of a Lesser God (1986), becoming the only deaf artist to win an Oscar. She has also won four Emmy nominations and is a prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf. His television credits include Seinfeld, The West Wing, Picket Fences, The Practice, and Switched at Birth, and the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars.

"It's been thirty years since I had the opportunity to be part of the revolutionary Children of a Lesser God," Matlin said, "and I could not be more proud and honored to have been invited to join innovative Deaf West Theatre revival of Spring Awakening on Broadway. "
Produced by Ken Davenport, Cody Lassen, Arnold Hunter, and Deaf West Theatre, this is the transfer of acclaimed 2014 New York revival of Michael Arden, held simultaneously in English and American Sign Language. Based on the 1891 Frank Wedekind play, and against the backdrop of a repressive and provincial-late 19th century Germany, Spring Awakening tells the timeless story of teenage self-discovery and budding sexuality as seen through the eyes of three teenagers.

With book and lyrics by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik music, the production features choreography by Spencer Liff. The creative team includes Dane Laffrey (scenic design and costumes), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Gareth Owen (sound design), and Lucy Mackinnon (projection design).