The Deaf West Theater production of Spring Awakening. Books and Lyrics by Steven Sater. Music by Duncan Sheik. Directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Spencer Liff. Pictured (counter-clockwise from bottom left): Treshelle Edmond, Ali Stroker, Amelia Hensley, Lauren Luiz, Kathryn Gallagher, Krysta Rodriguez, and Alexandra Winter. © Joan Marcus, 2015.

One would have thought that one of the few benefits to deafness was that it would tend to limit one’s exposure to rock musicals. “You’ve got two tickets to ‘Rent,’ have you? Can’t make it, I’m afraid. Deaf as a post, don’t you know. Musical...

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