Spring Awakening & Glee!

Currently playing (through Feb. 21) at the Old Globe theater in Balboa Park is Duncan Sheik’s Whisper House. This new musical comes a few years after the international success of Sheik’s multiple Tony-award winning musical Spring Awakening. To see what all the hype is about, borrow the Spring Awakening Soundtrack!

Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of the 1891 German play of the same title by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-nineteenth century Germany, it concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. The original play, banned in Germany for nearly a century due to its abundant portrayal of human sexuality, features alternative rock as part of the folk-infused rock score. Spring Awakening received eleven 2007 Tony Award nominations, winning eight, including Tonys for best musical, direction, book, score and featured actor.

Check out the Spring Awakening Soundtrack and let us know what you think!

Worth mentioning is the fact that the female lead character in Spring Awakening, Wendla, is the wonderfully talented Lea Michele! You might know her better, though, as ambitiously vocal Rachel Berry on the new hit television series Glee! It focuses on a high school show choir (also known as a glee club), called “New Directions!”, set within the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio. If you still haven’t heard the amazing music from this series, the San Diego County Library has you covered! Check out the Glee Soundtrack Volume 1, or place a hold on the Glee Soundtrack Volume 2! Trust us – your kids/nephews/cousins will think you are the coolest if you strike up a conversation starting with “So I was listening to the Glee soundtrack the other day…”!!

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About Steven Deineh

Steven is a librarian at San Diego County Library headquarters. He mostly enjoys reading young adult fiction (some of his favorites include Feed by M.T. Anderson, Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan, The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling), science fiction/fantasy (Ender's Game & series by Orson Scott Card, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke), and fiction (anything by Sarah Waters, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett). When not reading, you can find him sleeping, drinking coffee, and wanderlusting all over San Diego County and the world.

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