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Why I love Spring Awakening, part 1

I know I've been talking about Spring Awakening pretty much nonstop since I saw it for the first time in September 2007. Some of you must be wondering what's so special about the show that's kept me hooked for so long. Or maybe you're not wondering, but I'm going to tell you anyway!

1. The music

I have an internet radio station. Clearly, I love music. Looooooooooooove it. I love music of many kinds, ranging from classic rock to classical, show tunes to folk. Yes, I kind of love show tunes. I could sit all day and listen to Bye Bye Birdie or The Music Man. But I also love less traditional cast recordings like West Side Story, In the Heights, Avenue Q, and Spring Awakening.

Before Spring Awakening, I had no idea how amazing Duncan Sheik is. I knew that one song, Barely Breathing, which was constantly on the radio for a while and nabbed him his first Grammy nomination (he lost to Elton John's Candle in the Wind but he later won for Spring Awakening). I saw him play as part of the Yellow Umbrella tour a few years back (I was there to see K's Choice) and was pleasantly surprised that most of his music was much more substantive than Barely Breathing's bubblegum pop, but I didn't love it enough to really follow his music. However, I've seen live performances of music from three of his musicals now (Spring Awakening, Nero, and Whisper House), and I am completely in love. If this guy writes something for the stage, I WILL BE THERE.

I love how Sheik mixes traditional ballads with bits of folk and punk to create such a powerful score. If I had Spring Awakening on tape instead of on my iPod, it would be worn out by now. I really have listened to it that many times. When I first got the cast recording, I listened to it on repeat all day at work for at least a week (well, except for the NSFW songs The Bitch of Living and Totally F*cked).

I could go on and on about how much I love this music (I suppose I already have), but you should just take a listen for yourself. Go to http://www.springawakening.com/spring_awakening_music_and_video.php and click on the Music tab for samples from all the songs plus full versions of the two most energetic (and least safe for work) songs.

Spring Awakening will be at Boston's Colonial Theatre April 28-May 24.

Buy tickets online at http://www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/Boston.
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