An air date on HBO has been introduced for a musical documentary that’s a full-circle profession second for Lancaster County actor Jonathan Groff.
Groff is each a star of and an govt producer of “Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known,” a movie documenting final 12 months’s Fifteenth-anniversary live performance that includes the unique solid of the Broadway rock musical “Spring Awakening,”
The movie premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, on HBO and will likely be out there for streaming on HBO Max, the community introduced Tuesday.
Groff appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Tuesday night time to speak concerning the upcoming movie and the live performance expertise, noting that the live performance raised greater than $24 million for The Actors Fund. That nonprofit gives help to these in want within the leisure trade — together with those that misplaced their jobs through the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Directed by Michael John Warren and produced by RadicalMedia, ”Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known” goes behind the scenes of the November 2021 live performance, which reunited the unique solid, band and artistic group of the Broadway present that made Groff a star.
Groff, a Ronks native and Conestoga Valley High School graduate, earned his first Tony Award nomination portraying the lead character of Melchior Gabor within the present, which opened on Broadway in 2006.
The musical, primarily based on an 1891 German play by Franz Wedekind, tells the story of a bunch of highschool college students who’re exploring their sexuality and coming to phrases with the lack of understanding and help they obtain from the dad and mom and academics of their lives.
The present received eight Tony Awards, together with finest musical, finest guide and finest rating.
On “The Tonight Show,” Groff instructed Fallon concerning the expertise of reuniting with the solid for the fundraising live performance and documentary.
“We came together and we performed the show, and it was so emotional and it meant so much to all of us and to the audience as well,” Groff instructed Fallon.
The documentary, he mentioned, “is about the reunion but it’s also about the legacy of ‘Spring Awakening,’ and how it changed all of our lives, and just sort of the way that theater can change people’s lives — particularly the lives of young people. Especially after theater being gone for so long, we feel so lucky that we have this record of the show.
“I saw the documentary, and it’s a little embarrassing how much I’m crying through the entire thing,” Groff mentioned. He mentioned that when his co-star and shut buddy Lea Michele began singing the present’s opening quantity, “Mama Who Bore Me,” in rehearsal, “we all just lost it, and were all just emotional wrecks. And it was so healing to come together after 15 years of being apart.”
Groff was additionally nominated for a Tony for his position of King George III in “Hamilton,” and earned an Emmy nod for the filmed model of that hit musical. He has shared Grammy Awards for finest musical theater album with the casts of “Spring Awakening” and “Hamilton.”
Groff can also be identified for voicing the character of Kristoff in Disney’s fashionable animated “Frozen” movies and starring in tv sequence together with “Looking,” “Mindhunter” and “Glee.”
Groff, who appeared within the 2021 motion movie sequel “The Matrix Resurrections,” has been solid in an upcoming M. Night Shyamalan film titled “Knock at the Cabin.”
You can see a video of Groff’s “Tonight Show” look right here; observe that there’s some bleeped grownup language within the section.