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London News London's 15th Anniversary Spring Awakening Concert Held June 2

Tickets to the concert raised funds to support original West End producer Imogen Kinchin's cancer treatment prior to her passing in March.

Jamie Muscato, Charlotte Wakefield, and Lucy May Barker

The 15th Anniversary West End concert of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening will be held June 2 at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Directed by Jamie Armitage (SIX), with musical direction by Nigel Lilley (Newsies, Next to Normal, The Witches), the concert stars many members of the original West End cast, including Richard Southgate (Crops) as Hanschen, Lucy May Barker (The Crucible) as Ilse, Natasha Barnes (Hex) as Anna, Harry McEntire (Andor) as Ernst, Hayley Gallivan (Wicked) as Martha, Evelyn Hoskins (Waitress) as Thea, Edward Judge (The Play That Goes Wrong) as Otto, Jamie Muscato (Moulin Rouge) as Melchior, Jos Slovick (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical) as Georg, and Charlotte Wakefield (The Great British Bake Off Musical) as Wendla.

They are joined by Olivier nominee Jack Wolfe (Next to Normal) as Moritz. Other returning cast members will include Chris Barton (The Sound of Music), Natalie Garner, Mona Goodwin (Misfits), and Gemma O’Duffy (Priscilla: Queen of the Desert).

Based on the play by Frank Wedekind, Spring Awakening explores the mysteries of attraction, desire, sex, insecurity, and the highs and lows of navigating the pressures of young adult life. The Broadway production won eight Tony Awards, while the West End debut took four Oliviers.

Tickets to the anniversary concert raised funds on behalf of Imogen Kinchin, one of the original producers of the show's West End bow. Kinchin lost her battle with cancer March 26, after more than £80,000 was raised to support her treatment.

Said Sheik in a previous statement, “Spring Awakening is the first musical I worked on that managed to get to Broadway and then the West End. Being in London in 2009 for opening night at the Novello with that young and amazing cast was one of the highlights of my life. It is more than exciting that 15 years on, London gets to experience this anniversary concert and I’m honored that I can be some small part of that.”

Sater added, “My youthful dream was to be a part of the theatre in London. So for me, our brilliant original production of Spring Awakening at the Lyric, and then at the Novello, was an answered prayer. Fifteen years later, to bring back that production for a one-night-only anniversary concert, is like having that prayer answered all over again.”

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