Teen dream for ‘Spring Awakening’

Musical opens at Ahmanson Theater

HOLLYWOOD — A “rock show with a great story” about 19th century German teens is drawing a new young demographic of “hormonically charged” auds to see “Spring Awakening,” said cast member Kyle Riabko.

The tuner opened Thursday at the Ahmanson Theater.

Sexual awareness and first love are issues the cast is going through in “real time,” Riabko admitted at the Music Center Annex parking lot after-party. “It’s Theater of Now for us,” he added.

The tuner’s book writer and lyricist Steven Sater enthused, “No matter what age you are, the story about the sad and goofy things we go through in puberty opens your heart, and you remember what it was like.”

Sater discovered the “wicked, cool and funny” original 1890s Teutonic play when he was in high school in Evansville, Ind. Years later, he and Duncan Sheik would add rock music and turn it into a “risky, dark, arty show.”

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The young and young-at-heart, who all were carded for the hamburger and rock ‘n’ roll post-show festivities, included Taye Diggs, Jessica Stroup and Jane Seymour.