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Spring Awakening makes its money

The Broadway smash hit and Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening is officially a financial success, as well. The Associated Press reported yesterday that the show recouped its $5 million production costs earlier this month, according to an announcement by producer Ira Pittelman.

The pop musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, adapted from Frank Wedekind's classic German drama, began Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2006, and opened Dec. 10 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.

"Being on (David) Letterman, 'The View' and the 'Today' show, we were healthy," Pittelman said. "We stayed in the black from the minute we opened."

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amNewYork reports:

Even then, traditional theatergoers were reluctant to see the show, despite its growing popularity among younger audiences. It took the Tony nominations and then the awards themselves to push the musical to capacity business.

A national tour begins in September 2008 at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco, and a London production with original director Michael Mayer opens in late fall 2008.

- Daniel Lehman

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