BY LORI SENDER
N.J. THEATER REVIEW
Prices of Broadway shows are certainly exorbitant, but if you live anywhere near Asbury Park, N.J., you can get reasonably priced tickets for what truly feels like a Broadway show, in this consummately professional production of “Spring Awakening.” Playing at the ReVision Theatre (so named for the use of creative license to subtly tweak known plays such as their past productions of “Hair” and “Xanadu,” in this production the music is a bit more rock ‘n’ roll then on Broadway). Located in the old carousel on the boardwalk (their temporary home for the last four years), even if you missed the original revolving 1960s carousel, you can still reach for and actually pocket the brass ring with this performance.
Based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind, the German playwright, this musical successfully infuses that original school boy setting with an anachronistic rock ‘n’ roll score, complete with baleful stares into the audience and requisite Michael Jackson self-touching.
With over 20 musical numbers, which, unlike the music of, say, “Hair,” it all begins to sound rather similar, a bit less catchy than lulling. Still, the amazing voices of this youthful production never stop to exalt with each cast member sounding like they just stepped off or onto a Broadway stage. Indeed, kudos to the casting director who completely sidestepped the usual regional theater fare by obviously casting directly from NYC.
One caveat, try and sit in the seats directly in front of the stage, not on the side, as the acoustics are a bit sketchy and I found myself doing a bit of lip reading during the performance. Mention the word “Spring” when ordering tickets and you get an extra 15% off ticket prices.
Playing at the ReVision Theatre at The Carousel House on the Asbury Park Boardwalk till August 28. Call 732-455-3059