Marlee Matlin Will Make Her Broadway Debut in ‘Spring Awakening' Revival

Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin will make her Broadway debut in the upcoming “Spring Awakening” revival, which is set to opening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in September.

The revival of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s eight-time Tony-winning musical is a transfer of the critically acclaimed production from the Los Angeles-based Deaf West Theatre and the theater collective Forest of Arden, which retold the 2006 musical using a mix of hearing and deaf performers.

“It’s been 30 years since I had the opportunity to be part of the groundbreaking ‘Children of a Lesser God,’” Matlin said of her award-winning performance in the 1986 film. "I couldn’t be more proud and honored to have been asked to join Deaf West Theatre’s innovative revival of ‘Spring Awakening’ on Broadway."

Marlin will play the two female adult roles in the Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater musical. She’s the first official cast member announced for the Broadway production. Additional casting is expected to be announced shortly.

Michael Arden ("The Hunchback of Notre Dame") will direct. 

Despite being the only deaf performer to win an Academy Award, Marlin’s biggest roles have been on the small screen as of late, with arcs in “Switched at Birth,” “The L Word” and NBC’s “The West Wing.”

She’s also hit the reality circuit, competing on “Dancing with the Stars” and NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice," where she placed second.

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