Music and Lyrics

Sure, eight Tony Awards may be impressive to some — but just music composer Duncan Sheik is reason enough to catch a showing of the musical Spring Awakening. Formerly known as a one-hit wonder (ahem, “Barely Breathing”), Sheik is the man behind the riveting music and lyrics that charge the pop-rock adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play of teen self-discovery. Although set in the 1800s, the performance is modernized with a full rock band and forward-thinking characters that will make you want to fist-pump, cry, and kick your neighbor’s seat.

Running through May 16, the traveling Broadway show debuts at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Before you consider inviting your High School Musical-loving niece, though, let us warn you that this musical is light on the Zac Efron and heavy on the sex, suicide, and rock ’n’ roll. Tickets cost $25 to $75. Call 305-949-6722, or visit
Tue., May 11, 8 p.m.; Wednesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 15, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., May 16, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Starts: May 11. Continues through May 16, 2010

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