Moritz is a troubled teen, facing the stuck-up and stiff society of his elders with a clenched jaw and a snarl. Melchior's a bit more placid, but still a handful from a disciplinarian's point of view, as he's started experimenting sexually with his girlfriend, Wendla. Dressed in their schoolboy uniforms, the two look a bit like the early Rolling Stones — proper, but dangerous. And then in the midst of their middle-class lives, in middle-class, 19th century German society, Melchior and Moritz burst into frenzied song, railing at the world they didn't make and can't unmake no matter how loudly they shout. Spring Awakening
, hailed by critics as an electric-rock musical, is based on Frank Wedekind's late-19th century play. Creative team Steven Sater and alt-rocker Duncan Sheik captured the terror and thrills of growing up, no matter what century you're living in. Spring Awakening
plays at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1111 or www.fabulousfox.com
) Tuesday through Sunday (February 10 through 22). Tickets are $25 to $66.
Image credit: PAUL KOLNIK
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 10. Continues through Feb. 22, 2009