Smash's Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez Join the Deaf West Cast of Spring Awakening
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Deaf West Theatre, and Cody Lassen have announced casting for the Deaf West production of Spring Awakening, set for a limited 22-performance engagement from May 21-June 7 at the Bram Goldsmith Theater. The show's official opening is scheduled for May 28.
Following a sold-out engagement at downtown L.A.’s Rosenthal Theatre last fall, the musical is performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English by a cast of 27.
The cast features performers signing ASL and speaking roles including Joey Antonio, Hillary Baack, Miles Barbee, Sean Barna, Katie Boeck, Joshua Castille, Julian Comeau, Daniel N. Durant (Switched at Birth), Treshelle Edmond (Glee), Sandra Mae Frank, Kathryn Gallagher, Gabrielle Garza, Sean Grandillo (Secrets and Lies), Karla Gutierrez (Switched at Birth), Amelia Hensley, Lauren M. Luiz, Daniel Marmion, Austin McKenzie, Andy Mientus (Smash, Les Misérables), Krysta Rodriguez (Smash, First Date), Natacha Roi (ER), Rustin Cole Sailors, Howie Seago (Beyond Silence), Daniel David Stewart, Ali Stroker (Glee), Alexandra Winter, and Alex Wyse (Masters of Sex).
"We are honored and humbled to welcome new additions to the cast, including veterans of the Broadway and touring productions, into the Deaf West family," said Deaf West Theatre artistic director David J. Kurs. "Their presence speaks to the artistic standards we strive to maintain and to continually elevate. We are thrilled to be able to bring our loyal patrons and new audiences another opportunity to see our expanded production of Spring Awakening at the beautiful Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, with our award winning design elements expanded in scope to fill the larger space."
The Tony Award-winning musical features a book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. The Deaf West production of Spring Awakening is directed by Michael Arden (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Anger Management) and choreographed by Spencer Liff (Hedwig and the Angry Inch).
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