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Austin P. McKenzie and Sandra Mae Frank will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical.

The appearance of Spring Awakening on the Late Night Show with Seth Meyers is a pure and profound statement in how far we’ve come along with #deaftalent as well as showing the world that the struggle for actors and actresses can be successful on Broadway. On or off. The attention that Spring Awakening is getting is quite phenomenal; no one really knew that it would be this successful. And how incredibility fast.

The one thing that I am proud of is how Spring Awakening is allowing the public to get a taste of their production. I know that most people cannot afford to fly to New York, get a hotel, and buy tickets to see this amazing production, yet, Spring Awakening has allow accessibility to the public to see the breathtaking production that everyone on Broadway is raving about. From performing live at the White House in celebration of ADA 25th Anniversary to Late Night Show with Seth Meyers is allowing millions of people all over the world see this gorgeous, beautiful choreography and passionate ASL version of Spring Awakening “Touch Me”.

With the recent terror happening in Paris as well as the war against ISIS, people all over the world want to look forward to something positive about the world. They need a distraction to the reality of the harsh world that we all live in. In this Spring Awakening, it’s all about our younger generation trying to understand this new world that they live in. There are those who are fleeing to countries all over the world to move away from war, famine and death, yet the struggle still goes on.

Nicholas Kristof wrote a great piece in the New York Times called, “They are Us“, in which, he writes, “Helping Syrian refugees today doesn’t solve the Middle East mess any more than helping Jewish refugees in 1939 would have toppled Hitler. But it’s the right thing to do. Syrians, no less than those Jewish refugees, no less than my father, are human beings needing help, not flotsam.” Yes, it is the right thing to do. With Spring Awakening, they allow us to conceive the beauty that the harsh reality of war cannot take away from us: human compassion, kindness and love.

With already 8 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book (for writer, Steven Sater) and Best Score (for composer, Duncan Sheik and for lyricist, Steven Sater), Spring Awakening is on its’ way on be one of the top shows on Broadway.

So far, we know that Austin P. McKenzie and Sandra Mae Frank will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in Spring Awakening.

We also heard that Dane Laffrey and Lucy Mackinnon will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work in Spring Awakening.

This is exciting news and they all deserve it with all their hard work and commitment into the production!

When you watch Spring Awakening “Touch Me” on Late Show with Seth Meyers, you can’t help but feel in awe the energy that you feel from the production. From the music, the colors, the facial expressions, the intense emotions, is just everything we need to escape the harsh reality of this world and allow us to, at least, for two hours and twenty minutes into our own imaginations of a world that is not trying to tear itself apart.

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