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Deaf West's Spring Awakening

First Preview: Aug 01, 2015

Opening Date: Aug 01, 2015

Closing Date: Jan 24, 2016

Running Time: 02:15

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Playing @

Lena Horne Theatre

256 W 47th St New York, NY 10036

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Deaf West Theatre’s production of SPRING AWAKENING floored the critics when it premiered in California, prompting the Los Angeles Times to write, “It’s hard to enumerate all the ways in which Deaf West’s SPRING AWAKENING is so very, very good.” Now this unapologetically brilliant new production is coming to New York.

When it debuted on Broadway, SPRING AWAKENING’s raw and honest portrayal of youth in revolt shattered expectations of what a musical could do, earning it 8 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book (for writer, Steven Sater) and Best Score (composer Duncan Sheik and lyricist Steven Sater).

Deaf West’s innovative new production takes this already revolutionary musical to electrifying new heights by choreographing sign language into the production, intensifying the rift between the lost and longing teenagers and the adults who refuse to hear them. Directed by Michael Arden and starring Golden Globe and Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God), Deaf West’s SPRING AWAKENING is full of knockout performances, explosive music and soul-stirring emotion

SUNDAY @ 3 & 7:30 PM
Age Guidance

Age Guidance: 13

Show Notes

Show Notes: 1 Intermission

Audience Advisory:

All performances are fully accessible in English and American Sign Language. No performances - 12/21,12/25 & 12/31. Added performances - 12/23 @ 8 pm, 12/30 @ 2 & 8 pm

TDF Tickets Offers:

TDF member tickets:

Not currently available for this show

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Full-price tickets

$45 - $150

Lottery & Rush

Beginning two hours before every performance, a limited number of $35 tickets, some in the front row of the orchestra, will be sold via Broadway’s first-ever American Sign Language (ASL) lottery at the theater. In the production’s spirit of accessibility, every lottery drawing will be held in both spoken English and ASL thanks to support from the Sign Language Center.

Winners will be drawn in person 90 minutes before show time; there is a limit of two per person and tickets can be purchased with either cash or credit.



Quotation Mark

One of the great musicals of the last decade was born anew on Sunday, when the thrillingly inventive Deaf West Theater production of “Spring Awakening” opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theater

Deaf actors in a musical? The prospect sounds challenging, to performers and audiences alike. But you will be surprised at how readily you can assimilate the novelties involved, and soon find yourself pleasurably immersed not in a worthy, let’s-pat-ourselves-on-the-back experience, but simply in a first-rate production of a transporting musical.

------New York Times

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Some musicals are inextricably tied to the moment of their debut, while others only seem to grow richer with each subsequent production. The latter is the case for Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's Spring Awakening, at least in its current iteration at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. It comes to Broadway via Los Angeles' Deaf West Theatre and features a mixed cast of deaf and hearing actors, with each line simultaneously spoken and presented in American Sign Language. The result is a thrilling new look at a musical that still bears hidden treasures nine years after its initial Broadway debut.


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In Deaf West's exhilarating reboot of the moody and stirring 2007 Tony winner by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, the repressed and rudderless kids are lifting more than their voices. They’re also raising their hands to express themselves — and casting a whole new spell.
The show combines hearing and non-hearing actors who use American Sign Language. Some roles are played by two actors — one who sings and speaks, one who signs. Many in the cast do both at once.

The result: Lines and lyrics look as poetic and provocative as they sound

---------New York Daily News

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Box Office

Outer lobby. Counter 43". Floor on slight incline.


A parking lot is located directly across the street.

Curb Ramps

SW corner of 47th St. & Broadway; SE corner of 47th St. & 8th Ave.

Directions Bus

Take the M104, M10, M27/M50, M6, M7, or M42 bus.


Unisex: Orchestra level.

Directions Subway

N, R, W to 49th St or the 1, 9 to 50th St, walk south to 47th St and west to the theatre Take the C, E to 50th St, walk south to 47th St and east to the theatre.


Orchestra on ground level. Mezzanine and balcony reached only by stairs.


There are no elevators or escalators at this theatre.


A pay phone is available on the mezzanine level (up nineteen steps)


No stairs at entrance. Double doors in series: 1st set (each 28.5", heavy) into outer lobby; 2nd set (each 28.5") into inner lobby.

Visual Assistance

Low vision seats available in the front of the orchestra for purchase in person or on the phone, Audio Description is also available through the GalaPro app. More information can be found here:

Water Fountain

Mezzanine level (up nineteen steps)

Assisted Listening System

Headsets for sound augmentation are available at the theatre, free of charge. Photo identification is required as a deposit, Closed Captioning is also available through the GalaPro app. For more information on GalaPro, check here:

Wheelchair Info

Wheelchair seating available in the rear of the Orchestra section.

Folding Armrests

Six (6) mobility seats with folding armrests in the orchestra, Two (2) mobility seats with folding armrests in the mezzanine, which is up 19 stairs


Certain performances have captions.

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Public Transportation

Subway Icon

By Subway:

N, R, W to 49th St or the 1, 9 to 50th St, walk south to 47th St and west to the theatre Take the C, E to 50th St, walk south to 47th St and east to the theatre.

Bus Icon

By Bus:

Take the M104, M10, M27/M50, M6, M7, or M42 bus.