Spring Awakening Documentary Reveals Release Date on HBO

Theater kids of a certain age will want to mark May 3 on their calendars as we finally have a premiere date for Spring Awakening: Those You Have Met. The HBO documentary will land on the network at 9 p.m. ET/PT that night and will also be available to stream on HBO Max. In 2021, to commemorate the multi-award winning musical’s fifteen year anniversary, the good folks at HBO partnered with director miguel john warren and producers RadicalMedia to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the iconic production.

A show that would end up launching countless races, spring awakening first opened at Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theater in 2006. Based on the dark drama written by German playwright Frank Wedekind, the show would prove to be a much-talked-about piece of musical theater as it tackled issues surrounding the angst-ridden lives of teenagers searching for the truths of the universe. Featuring rock music composed by the Grammy Award-nominated musician sheikh duncanand a book and lyrics by the Tony-, Grammy-, and Laurence Olivier-winning poet steven sater, the musical proved to be a force to be reckoned with at that year’s Tony Awards celebration, where it would clean house and walk away with a whopping eight awards. Initially debuting one hundred and sixteen years after Wedekind’s play, spring awakening it still rings true even to this day, focusing its lens on topics like suicide, sexual discovery, and abuse.

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On Spring Awakening: Those You Have MetTaking its title from the musical’s penultimate song, Warren will pull back the curtain on the Broadway phenomenon through interviews, archival deep dives and original performances, all leading up to the November 2021 reunion concert hosted by the groundbreaking cast of The Actors. Fund benefit. In it, fans will hear from the cast members. jonathan groff, read Michele, John Gallagher Jr., lauren pritchard, lili cooper, skylar astin, Gerard Cannon, jennifer damiano, cristina estabrook, Gideon Glick, Robert Hager, Brian C Johnson, krysta rodriguez, Stephen Spinella, phoebe strole, jonathan b wrightand remy business. Sater and Sheik will sit down for interviews around the creative team along with the director, miguel mayerand main producers, sweet tom and Ira Pittelman.



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Truly a one-of-a-kind production, the show would launch most of its original members into long-standing careers in the entertainment business. Of course, many will recognize Michele’s name in the lineup, as spring awakening served as a starting point for the actress, who would go on to star in Joy and scream queens. Groff is another standout name, as his Tony-nominated performance would land him in Joy, Frozen, mind hunterand hamilton, along with his recent article on The Matrix Resurrections. Completing the trio of leading artists in spring awakeningGallagher Jr., who took home the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, would go on to have an illustrious musical career and also go on to star in another rock-fueled Broadway sensation, Green Day‘s American Idiot. As for the rest of the original cast, many of them would also go on to pursue their careers after the curtains closed on the show’s final run. Included in that list is Astin, who is now well known for his role in the Perfect tone franchise, and Rodriguez, who starred in NBC’s Smash.


Although the years since the debut of spring awakening they’ve brought us touring performances with some original actors returning to reprise their beloved characters, we’ve never seen them all on stage again. Spring Awakening: Those You Have Met It’s sure to stir up waves of teenage angst and nostalgia and have you jumping off your couch singing “Totally F*cked” over and over again.


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