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HBO slates doc on “Spring Awakening” reunion show on Broadway

A documentary on the sold-out, one-night-only reunion concert of Broadway musical Spring Awakening is now in production for HBO. The film, produced by RadicalMedia, shows the original stars of the musical ...
November 16, 2021

A documentary on the sold-out, one-night-only reunion concert of Broadway musical Spring Awakening is now in production for HBO.

The film, produced by RadicalMedia, shows the original stars of the musical as they’re brought together for the first time in 15 years. The film is scheduled to debut on HBO in 2022, and will also be made available to stream on HBO Max.

Spring Awakening was a Grammy-winning and eight-time Tony Award-winning show. The rock musical, which opened on Broadway in 2006, was based on a German play penned in 1891, and was seen as groundbreaking musical theater, with subject matter exploring adolescent sexuality.

The documentary will feature performances from the reunion concert, behind the scenes moments with the original cast as they reunite, newly filmed interviews and archival footage of performances from the show’s original run.

The film is directed by Michael John Warren, and executive produced by Jon Kamen, Meredith Bennett and Dave Sirulnick for RadicalMedia, along with Tom Hulce, Ira Pittleman and Jonathan Groff. Lauren Pritchard is also co-producing the film.

The cast that reunited for the one-night-only show, which took place on Nov. 15 at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre, included Jonathan Groff, Lauren Pritchard, Lea Michele, John Gallagher Jr., Lilli Cooper and more. The reunion show was directed by the show’s original director, Michael Mayer.

The one-night-only reunion show was held to raise funds for The Actors Fund, a national human services organization that provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals. The fund serves everyone in film, theater, TV, music, opera, radio and dance with social services programs, emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counselling, and secondary employment and training services.

Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

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