Hunter Parrish will step into a lead role in Broadway tuner “Spring Awakening” later this summer, playing the teen rebel, Melchior, originally portrayed by Jonathan Groff.
Parrish, best known for playing the older son of Mary-Louise Parker’s character on “Weeds,” replaces Kyle Riabko, who departs to play Melchior in the national tour of “Spring” kicking off in San Francisco in September.
Parrish makes his Rialto debut in “Spring.” Film credits include “Freedom Writers” and “RV,” as well as the upcoming “17 Again.”
The 2006 tuner “Spring Awakening,” a rock adaptation of the 1891 Frank Wedekind play by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, picked up eight 2007 Tonys. In addition to the road tour and the Broadway incarnation, a London production is in the works.
Parrish joins the Gotham outpost of “Spring” on Aug. 18.