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Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele lead epic ‘Spring Awakening’ reunion at Tony Awards

Lea Michele helped turn back time — musically, at least — nearly 16 years when she took the stage at the 2022 Tony Awards on Sunday night.

The actor and his longtime friend Jonathan Groff reunited with the cast of Broadway’s “Spring Awakening” for a haunting rendition of the song “Touch Me.”

When it debuted on Broadway in 2006, “Spring Awakening” broke new ground by exploring teen sexuality, mental health, and sexual assault. The show has received eight Tony Awards.

Although Groff and Michele starred in the show, the musical also launched the acting career John Gallagher Jr. (who won a Tony for his role), Skylar Astin and Gideon Glick. All were present at the ceremony on Sunday.

Watch Tonys performance of “Spring Awakening” below.

The cast’s performance at the Tony Awards was the culmination of a 15th anniversary celebration that lasted nearly a year. Last year, the cast reunited for a one-night-only reunion concert, held at the Imperial Theater in New York City under strict COVID-19 protocols.

The production of that concert was chronicled in the HBO documentary “Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known,” released last month.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight ahead of her Tonys appearance, Michele said the experience of reuniting with the ‘Spring Awakening’ cast was “just crazy,” especially given the ongoing challenges of the pandemic.

“We managed to get the entire original cast together,” she said. “We have been able to overcome the obstacles of COVID and everything and come together and come together. And we’re so honored to be back.

Asked what he would say to the younger version of himself and his “Spring Awakening” hit co-stars, Groff replied, “I would tell them to accept it.”

“You know what, we took it back then, we really did,” he explained. “So many adults in the theater community and Michael Mayer, our director, kept us very grounded and in the moment. If I had to go through it all again, I would do it all over again.


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