Just finished watching what I believe is the best Spring Awakening video available - or at least the best I’ve seen so far (I still have got a few to go through from my collection).
Man I love this show so much. I know it inside out and I can still find so many new nuances whenever I watch it.
This video has Matt Doyle as Melchior and it was the first time I saw anyone other than Jonathan Groff in the role. I must say, it’s quite different. It’s actually very nice to have something new when you know a show so well, and Matt - maybe unintentionally - brings something refreshing to the role. Groff’s performance is still an untouchable masterpiece, and you know how he had this undercurrent of meanness going on, not that there was malice in Melchior, but you at least got a sense of a soul that was intellectually troubled and unstable. Which is what made the performance so amazing. Doyle on the other hand always has this wide eyed approach to things so he brings out the child in Melchior much more than Jonathan. It’s a softer, sweeter Melchior, and that makes his reaction to Wendla wanting to be beaten quite emotional and raw. He looked terrified and mortified and delivered the most emotional The Mirror/Blue Night I’ve ever heard.
Emma Hunton as Ilse is a force of nature. The bob is anachronistic, but very fitting. She looked great and sounded even better.
Blake Bashoff as Moritz. Well. Almost as good as John Gallagher? For a moment I actually thought it was John. He really sold all his songs. Slightly weaker in the dramatic spoken parts (he was just fine in the comedy bits).
The rest of the cast was fine. All the girls + Skylar Astin were from the OBC. Nothing new to see there. A very good Ernst from Blake Daniel, slightly disappointed by Jesse Swenson as Hanschen.
Still love this show so so much. Interested in seeing Hunter Parrish now, and Matt Doyle as Hanschen sounds…insanely out of his comfort zone, which should be interesting.