Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Dr. Marian Monta

Second Advisor

Dr. Brian Warren

Third Advisor

Dr. Philip Zwerling


The purpose of this academic thesis is to study and analyze Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening and its adaptation Spring Awakening: A New Musical, written by Steven Sater. This study includes an analysis of musical theatre and its history, an analysis of Frank Wedekind’s original work and a comparative analysis with Sater’s adaptation. Also, the thesis explores the “Post-Modern Musical,” a new form of production currently being produced on Broadway. The main focus of the thesis is to analyze how Spring Awakening affects contemporary audiences, this is done through an analysis of the music and themes associated with the modern production.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American