Barely Awakening

Scandal--even just implied scandal--sells. If a book is banned or if the Catholic Church speaks out against a movie, curious people become all the more determined to take part in the forbidden media. But after 90210, The O.C., Gossip Girl, and Skins, one might assume the public had become accustomed to seeing teens behaving badly. (Gossip Girl even took advantage of the scandal angle a couple of years ago, including prominently in their ads review quotes such as "Every parent's nightmare" and "Mind-blowingly inappropriate.") Apparently the multiple Tony award-winning musical Spring Awakening still has the power to shock jaded modern audiences--even though the source material is far from modern. Based on an 1891 German play and featuring music by Duncan Sheik (yes, that one), the musical focuses on teenagers who are wrestling with sexual desire and identity, and tough choices about abortion, sexual abuse, societal and parental pressure, abandonment, and suicide. Dallas native Elizabeth Judd plays Wendla in this touring edition of the much-lauded musical. See Spring Awakening 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Bass Hall, 525 Commerce St. in Fort Worth. Tickets are $27.50 to $60.50. Call 817-212-4280 or visit
Tue., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., 2010


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