Friday, November 16, 2007

Listening Post


I've mentioned the sheer exuberant excellence of Spring Awakening before (Not the Same Old Song and Dance/10.12.07), but some things just bear repeating. I've seen the show twice now and I'd have no trouble seeing it again and again.

Unfortunately, the recent stagehands strike has ground a good portion of Broadway to a halt, so in the spirit of get-the-hell-back-to-work reconciliation, I offer the video version of Spring Awakening's breakout hit The Bitch of Living.

The music for the show was written by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, it won a slew of Tonys last year, including Best Musical, and it features a young cast of relative unknowns -- which only adds to the joyous sense of uppity rebellion pouring out of every number.

This song, like most in the show, is about sex (masturbation in particular), but being that the whole thing is set in 19th century Germany, Sheik and Sater still have the humorous forethought to slip in a "God is Dead" reference.

Gotta love that.

Here it is, The Bitch of Living.

2 comments:

Christine said...

I'm going to be in NYC on Wednesday, and thanks to your pimping of this show, am thinking of going to see it... provided it's playing through the strike?

Amanda said...

We just saw this in London on Wednesday. So fantastic. God, you couldn't pay me to be a teenager again but I do envy how new and intense every experience is. And somehow, not.

Anyways. If you ever get to this part of the world while it's playing, the London cast will make it well worth your while!