'Spring Awakening' comes to Asheville

Tony award-winning musical makes WNC debut
Jun 17, 2012
Photo by: Donated photo Tony award-winning musical "Spring Awakening" is head to Asheville for a two-week run beginning this Friday.

ASHEVILLE — The award-winning rock musical “Spring Awakening” is coming to Western North Carolina for the first time. The edgy Broadway hit, which is intended for mature audiences, will be at the Asheville Masonic Temple for the next two weeks, at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays through July 1.

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this is the groundbreaking show that celebrates an unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with power, poignancy and passion.

Rock Eblen’s Asheville based company is well known for producing cutting-edge theater on a professional level yet only using local performers who volunteer their talent to help raise funds for charity. The exciting score of this famous rock musical will feature Chuck Taft as returning music director. This year’s production will also benefit Planned Parenthood.

“Spring Awakening” takes its inspiration from one of literature’s most controversial masterpieces — a work so daring in its depiction of teenage self-discovery, it was banned from the stage and not performed in its complete form in English for nearly 100 years. This was not because of its bold depiction of rebellious youth, but rather the perceived evils of a sexually repressive and socially rigid society. On Broadway, the show became famous because it did not look like a regular musical, and it did not sound like a regular musical. It was truly fresh, innovative, and a magnet for younger theater-goers.

Tickets are $15 in advance ($18 at door) by clicking Etix or at Planned Parenthood, 603 Biltmore Ave. in Asheville. All shows will be at 80 Broadway St., in Asheville.