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Deaf West's Spring Awakening Makes a Few Dozen Broadway Stars

Camryn Manheim, Marlee Matlin, and the Broadway company burst with pride on opening night. logo

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The revival of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's musical Spring Awakening opened last night at the Brooks-Atkinson Theatre where nearly the entire company, composed of more than 20 performers, both deaf and hearing, celebrated a Broadway debut. TheaterMania caught up with Austin P. McKenzie and Sandra Mae Frank, who lead the cast as Melchior and Wendla, along with Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, Emmy winner Camryn Manheim, Glee veteran Ali Stroker, and more of the Deaf West cast members, who are joyfully getting acquainted with the Great White Way. Michael Arden, who makes his directorial Broadway debut at the helm of the production, also shares some feelings about the musical's journey from a Los Angeles black box theater to the biggest stage on the East Coast.