Oscar-Winning Actress Cast in 'Spring Awakening' Broadway Revival
Marlee Matlin, best known for her Oscar-winning turn in the 1986 film 'Children of a Lesser God', has joined the cast of the breakthough revival that will be performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English.
Marlee Matlin is bound for Broadway, thanks to Spring Awakening.
The actress, best known for her Oscar-winning turn in the 1986 film Children of a Lesser God, will play Frau Gabor and Frau Schmidt in Deaf West Theatre’s revival of the rock musical by composer Duncan Sheik and writer-lyricist Steven Sater. The role will be Matlin’s Broadway debut.
Based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 German expressionist drama about adolescent unease, rebellion and sexuality, the breakthrough staging will be performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English by a cast of 27, including both hearing and non-hearing actors. Michael Arden directs, with choreography by Spencer Liff.
“Because of its themes of experimentation, self-discovery and miscommunication between adults and teenagers, Spring Awakening lends itself toward being restaged in song and sign,” Matlin told The New York Times of the upcoming role.
The acclaimed 2014 production of the show, which recently completed a return Los Angeles engagement, will transfer to New York for a strictly limited 18-week run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. It begins previews on Sept. 8, with opening night set for Sept. 27.
The original production of Spring Awakening opened on Broadway in December 2006 and ran for just over two years, launching the careers of a gifted group of young actors that included Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, John Gallagher Jr. and Skylar Astin. The show won eight Tony Awards in 2007, including best musical, score, book, direction, choreography and featured actor for Gallagher.