'Spring Awakening' to anchor Phoenix Theatre season

July 1, 2011
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Yes, the national tour of "Spring Awakening" bypassed Indy, but audiences hungry for a look at the Tony-winning Best Musical (including, I'd guess, just about every theater-loving under 25 and many over that) will still have a chance to see it.

The Phoenix Theatre announced today that the Tony-winning Best Musical will launch its 2011-2012 season.

But that's not the only high-profile show in the lineup. February brings Tracy Letts' Putlizer-Prize winner "August: Osage County." (Although I'm not sure I'd call it a "Midwest Premiere," as the Phoenix does, since it launched in Chicago prior to its acclaimed Broadway run.)

The Phoenix also demonstrates its continued commitment to new work, with two world premiere, a rolling world premiere (part of the National New Play Network), and the sixth installment in its "Very Phoenix Xmas" series. There's more, too, including a few "To be announced" slots. Details here

Your thoughts?


  • Not impressed
    I was SO excited to see "Spring Awakening" when it came to Bloomington, but was not impressed. At. All. How in the heck did that piece ever win a Tony Award??? I certainly wish The Phoenix Theatre the best and hope that they can sell this awkward piece of musical theater. It certainly isn't "Urinetown," "Bat Boy," or "Avenue Q."
  • Looking forward to it
    I saw "Spring Awakening" in D.C. and thought it was amazing. Certainly more innovative than the current darling "The Book of Mormon." Although I do agree that the book is a little awkward, especially in the second act.

    I want to see how the Phoenix handles the set for "August: Osage County." How can they possibly do it on that stage?
  • looking forward to it!
    Well, I don't really know anything about "Spring Awakening" yet but I am glad to get a chance to see for myself what all the fuss is about.

    I am also excited about the Phoenix's season announcement as a whole. I look forward to being provoked, delighted, and even transformed "as usual" but with new work.

    The thing that touched and delighted me most when I read the full announcement was that although the Phoenix team has apparently not yet found the right bilingual piece to do this year, they have neither abandoned that challenging "slot" in their programming nor filled it with something that has bilingual potential but is otherwise mediocre.

    I trust that they will find something bilingual AND good eventually. I am glad that I got to see "Our Dad Is In Atlantis/Papa Esta En La Atlantica" by Javier Malpica in 2008, "Love Person" by Aditi Brennan Kapil and "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot" by Jose Rivera in 2009, and "Call Me Boricua!" by Ricardo Melendez in 2010. I regret not being able to make time to see this season's bilingual piece - the one-woman show by Dr. Esperanza Zendejas.

    Based just on the descriptions, the 2011-2012 Phoenix show that intrigues me most for personal reasons is the one about the conversation between Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis.

    I'm also glad to know ahead of time (so that I can be sure to see it) that "With a Bang" by Pete McElligott, which opens in a couple weeks, will be followed by "With a Whimper" next summer and (I assume) "With a Something Else" in 2013.

    I love being able to see shows that are satisfying as stand-alones but also complement each other. The Pete McElligott trio sounds very different from Neil LaBute's "Fat Pig" and "Reasons to Be Pretty," but that's okay, too.

    Lou, I'm sorry I can't remember: did you write about the Chicago production of "August: Osage County" at the time? If so, link, please.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit (on hiatus from blogging but not from seeing shows!)

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