Steven Sater first approached Duncan Sheik in 1999 with a copy of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play, Spring’s Awakening. Some months later, in the wake of the shootings at Columbine High School, Sater approached director Michael Mayer about working on the musical with them. Many years — and twists and turns — later, Spring Awakening opened on Broadway in 2006. This musical reworking of the German drama of sexual awakening, scored by Duncan Sheik and with book and lyrics by Steven Sater, was a game changer for rock musicals.
First TCG Edition: 2007