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‘Spring Awakening’ opens Thursday in UB Center for the Arts

Looking to embrace spring? Here’s your chance.

“Spring Awakening,” the six-time Tony Award-winning musical, opens Thursday in the Drama Theatre in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.

Presented by the University at Buffalo Theatre and Dance Department, “Spring Awakening” is a dramatic dance musical set in Germany at the end of the 19th century. Based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play, “Spring’s Awakening,” the dance musical tells the story of teenagers struggling to understand their burgeoning sexuality. The production is laced with heavy political and social undertones, that, more than 120 years ago, saw the play censored and blacklisted.

The production, which opened on Broadway to much fanfare in 2006, has music by Duncan Sheik with book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is noted for launching the career of actress Lea Michele, who went on to Hollywood stardom in the Fox dance comedy, “Glee.”

Nathan Matthews, UB director of Music Theatre and Theatre Performance, is directing the show. Choreography is by Jon Lehrer.

“Spring Awakenings” has performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 3. Tickets are $20, students and seniors $10. Call 645-2787 or visit ubcfa.org.

– Matthew Chandler

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