April 23 - May 29, 2022

Music by Duncan Sheik+

Book and lyrics by Steven Sater+

Based on the 1891 German play Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind 

Directed and Choreographed by Brenda Didier*

Music Directed by Justin Akira Kono+

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Porchlight’s production will thrill you with a story over 130 years in the making! Set against the backdrop of a repressive and provincial late 19th-century Germany, and based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play that was immediately banned due to its subject matter, Spring Awakening tells the timeless story of youthful self-discovery and budding sexuality as seen through the eyes of three teenagers. Haunting and provocative, this landmark American musical celebrates a journey from adolescence to adulthood with a power, a poignancy and a passion you will never forget.


BRENDA DIDIER* (she/her, Director) returns to Porchlight where she recently co-directed and co-choreographed the award-winning Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies with Florence Walker Harris. Also, at Porchlight, Didier directed A Chorus Line and directed and choreographed Billy Elliot, The Musical, In The Heights and Dreamgirls among others. Didier is a multiple Jeff Award recipient in both direction and choreography, and the recipient of After Dark Awards, BroadwayWorld awards and the National Youth Theatre award. She is the proud owner and artistic director of the Lincolnshire Academy of Dance, celebrating its 20th season. Other credits include work at the Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Second City, Marriott Theatre, The Paramount, Theatre at the Center, BoHo, Mercury Theatre Chicago, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, Stage Left, Six Flags Great America, Busch Gardens Virginia, Cirque Shanghai at Navy Pier, T-Mobile’s national commercial “Home for the Holidays,” The Kenny Rogers Christmas Tour and the University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin and Carthage College.




JUSTIN AKIRA KONO+ (he/him, Music Director) Porchlight: Broadway in your Backyard, Sophisticated Ladies, Chicago Sings: Rock and Roll Broadway, Billy Elliot the Musical and Porchlight Revisits Do Re Mi. Chicagoland: All Shook Up and Freaky Friday (Williams Street Rep), Legends of the 50s & 60s (Chicago Music Theater Works) and Kiss Me Kate (upcoming, Marriott Lincolnshire). A drummer, percussionist, keyboardist and orchestrator of a musically wide range, Justin is currently the music director at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Downers Grove. He also plays with several Chicago-area bands including Piano Man: a Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John, Blue Sky: a Tribute to ELO, Prairie Station, and his very own J-Pop project: Kitsune Kono.

Pronoun Key: + (he/him/his); * (she/her/hers); ^ (they, them, theirs);  = (any with respect)

Getting Here

Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60610


Ruth Page Center for the Arts

1016 N. Dearborn St.  Chicago, IL 60610
(2-1/2 blocks south of Division St. and 4-1/2 blocks north of Chicago Ave.)

Public Transportation

The Ruth Page Center is easily accessible by bus (#22, #36, #70 and #156*) and “L” train (Red Line Clark & Division stop), visit the CTA website to plan your trip and for the most up-to-date information! *Please note the #156 LaSalle does not operate after 7:30/8:10pm, or on weekends or holidays.

Ruth Page

Ruth Page, North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL, United States