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London's Lyric Theater to Present Spring Awakening, Wuthering Heights, et al. logo
Duncan Sheik
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The Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Spring Awakening will receive its UK premiere in West London's Lyric Hammersmith, January 23-February 28, as part of the theater's 2009 season.

The alt-rock musical, which is directed by Michael Mayer and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, has music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, and is based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 play of the same name about sexual discovery. Set in 19th-century Germany, the story centers on brilliant student Melchior, his troubled friend Moritz, and Wendla, a beautiful girl on the verge of womanhood. The cast will be led by Charlotte Wakefield, Iwan Rheon, and Aneurin Barnard.

Also on tap for the Lyric will be the Gecko company's production of Nikolai Gogol's The Overcoat (March 20-April 11); Hang On, a collaboration between dance-theater company Theatre-Rites and award-winning aerialists Ockham's Razor (April 15-25), and Deepak Verma's adaptation of the classic novel Wuthering Heights re-set in India (April 29-May 23).

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