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>Adolescent upsets

>In addition to the satisfying spectacle of Maria Sharapova being picked off by a younger (and quieter!) player, I was also treated this past weekend to a superb exposition of teen angst, in the unlikely Broadway musical Spring Awakening. Based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 German play, the show and catchy tunes are pure YA: love, sex, death, and grades. Go see it. Take the kids!

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Kevin Moore says:

    >For a parent who sat patiently in silent suffering through both High School Musicals, it’s nice to hear a real song like “Bitch of Living.” If that came on the radio, I’d rock out. Good stuff.

  2. >Roger, I have seen the show, like, um… 6 times now.. from its previous life in the Atlantic Theater to this new venue… I ADORE this show and the talents!

  3. Monica Edinger says:

    >No need to take the kids. They go over and over and over and over and over….. (fairrosa talked me into going and I agree with her and you and the kids — a one fantastic show. And you can rock out — download the tunes from ITunes. Some are on the show’s website too.)

  4. >Shameless name dropping: Duncan Sheik was a student at the junior high boarding school where I taught. He would often play his guitar in the commons room of my dorm with his buddies.
    I imagine the screaming of my infant daughter inspired him to greatness. Yeah, right.

  5. Roger Sutton says:

    >It would relieve me greatly to know that theater kids are flocking to this rather than High School Musical!

  6. >I was in NYC a few weekends ago. My roommate and I went to the half-priced tickets booth in Time Square and where we couldn’t decide between Spring Awakening or Monty Python’s Spamalot. Unfortunatly, I found out first hand that Spamalot is pretty terrible.

    At least the Schubert Theatre decor is eye catching…

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