Duncan Sheik is coming to see Spring Awakening

Duncan Sheik ’92 is famous for, among other things, writing the music for the Tony-Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, which opened last night at Brown. Amelia Scaramucci ’17, who stars in the production as Wendla Bergmann, tweeted at Sheik that his alma mater is putting on the show.

Which caused him to start following her on Twitter… 11026363_10152647968372478_2040241754_n  

According to Scaramucci, this eventually led to an email from his manager notifying her that he would be coming on Saturday night, after which he will be leading a talk back about the show. Oh, the power of Twitter.

[Update: apparently Sheik is as excited to see us as we are to see him]

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Images via Amelia Scaramucci ’17. 


Shakespeare on the Green Presents: Spring Awakening

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It’s no secret that Brown students are brilliant. Just look at Duncan Sheik ’92, the songwriter behind the hit musical, Spring Awakening. This weekend, his work once again returns to his old stomping grounds as Shakespeare on the Green moves inside and presents its own rendition of the renowned show, directed by Jenn Maley ’16.

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The entire production is concise and unwaveringly honest. From the simple costumes, designed by Dylan Platt ’15 and Estée Feldman ’18, to the stark set, created by Rebecca Balton ’15, the physical aspects of the show further accentuate the rawness and darkness of the heavy topics that the script explores. Additionally, the intimate environment of the Rites and Reasons Theatre forces the audience to face the cast as they confront such intense topics as suicide and sexual assault. And, of course, I would be remiss if I did not recognize the pit, directed by Nick Healy ’17, who do a wonderful job of capturing the magic of Sheik’s phenomenal score.

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Awaken your weekend with Spring Awakening

Have you ever wanted to see a live version of Dora the Explorer, American Idol, Kidz Bop, and a Disney Channel TV show all rolled into one? Well, that is probably impossible, BUT this weekend’s production of Spring Awakening, book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik ‘92, is the closest you’re gonna get. Some of the most accomplished theater students at Brown have come together to fill this year’s PW Week in the Space.

Inspired by the work of theater company Fiasco Theater, created by Brown Trinity Rep graduates, Sami Horneff ’12 decided that she wanted to spend her last semester at Brown creating a musical theater company. As Horneff says, “[Brown’s theater department] pushes us to be theater artists instead of just performers.” After setting on Spring Awakening as the show of choice, Sami began to gather performers and artists on campus who were also passionate about creating a student company.  Continue Reading