Spring Awakening

An angsty rock musical adaptation of the seminal play about the trials and tribulations of growing up.

Spring Awakening


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An angsty rock musical adaptation of the seminal play about the trials and tribulations of growing up.


This orchestration is based on the Original 2006 Broadway Production.

This show is orchestrated to be player-conducted from both the Piano & Harmonium books but can also be stick conducted from the Piano Conductor score. There is just one “keyboard” player in this show that is supposed to play from 2 separate books, Piano & Harmonium. Be aware that neither of these books have the vocal lines in them although both are cross cued in the P/C score. You can choose to play from any combination of the books that best suits you. In the original Broadway production, the Music Director, the fabulous Kimberly Grigsby, went back and forth between a real piano and a real harmonium. These instruments are now condensed into a single keyboard with our MainStage programming.

As part of your rental materials, MTI sends out a CD with backing tracks for 6 of the songs that are in addition to the live musicians. Through our partnership with MTI, we have included those tracks in our programming. These tracks are optional but are highly recommended to achieve the sound of the show as it was intended. These tracks can also be triggered by the sound board engineer if your production team decides that is best. We feel it is best to be triggered by the musician for timing purposes. There are instructions for each of those songs on how and where to trigger those tracks. The tracks do not include any sort of “click” so if you feel you need that for your production, you are welcome to create those yourself. We are happy to create those for you at an additional cost but most productions will not need this.

Technically speaking, this part is not difficult at all and has a very easy pop/rock/folk groove throughout that even an advanced high school player can navigate. The only two patches in the show are Piano and Harmonium and we have included the very best sampled sounds for both instruments that you will enjoy playing and listening to.


Music by: Duncan Sheik
Book & Lyrics by: Steven Sater
Based on the play by: Frank Wedekind
Music orchestrated by: Duncan Sheik
Vocal arrangements by: AnnMarie Milazzo
Additional arrangements by: Simon Hale
Musical Director: Kimberly Grigsby
Associate Musical Director: Deborah Abramson


Conducted by: Kimberly Grigsby
Associate Conductor: Trey Files
Piano/Harmonium: Kimberly Grigsby
Guitars: Thad DeBrock
Bass: George Farmer
Drums: Trey Files
Cello: Benjamin Kalb
Violin and Guitar: Oliver Manchon
Viola: Hiroko Taguchi
Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller
Music Copyist: Steven Alper


The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through what Entertainment Weekly called, “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade,” Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.

It is Germany, 1891, a world where the grown-ups hold all the cards. The beautiful young Wendla explores the mysteries of her body and wonders aloud where babies come from… until Mama tells her to shut it and put on a proper dress. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior interrupts a mind-numbing Latin drill to defend his buddy, Moritz – a boy so traumatized by puberty that he can’t concentrate on anything… not that the Headmaster cares. He strikes them both and tells them to turn in their lesson. One afternoon, in a private place in the woods, Melchior and Wendla meet by accident and soon find within themselves a desire unlike anything they’ve ever felt. As they fumble their way into one another’s arms, Moritz flounders and soon fails out of school. When even his one adult friend, Melchior’s mother, ignores his plea for help, he is left so distraught that he can’t hear the promise of life offered by his outcast friend, Ilse. Naturally, the Headmasters waste no time in pinning the “crime” of Moritz’s suicide on Melchior to expel him. And soon, Mama learns that her little Wendla is pregnant. Now the young lovers must struggle against all odds to build a world together for their child.


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