Airdate Set for HBO Documentary, Starring Jonathan Groff in ‘Spring Awakening’ Reunion Concert; Groff talks film on ‘Tonight Show’ | Entertainment
An HBO air date has been announced for a music documentary that is a complete career moment for Lancaster County actor Jonathan Groff.
Groff is both a star and executive producer of “Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known,” a film documenting last year’s 15th anniversary concert featuring the original cast of the Broadway rock musical ” Spring Awakening”.
The film will premiere at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max, the channel announced Tuesday.
Groff appeared Tuesday night on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” to talk about the upcoming movie and the gig experience, noting that the gig raised more than $24 million for The Actors Fund. This non-profit organization provides support to those in need in the entertainment industry, including those who lost their jobs during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Directed by Michael John Warren and produced by RadicalMedia, “Spring Awakening: These You’ve Known” goes behind the scenes of the November 2021 concert, which brought together the original cast, band and creative team of the Broadway show that made Groff a star.
Groff, a Ronks native and graduate of Conestoga Valley High School, earned his first Tony Award nomination playing the lead character Melchior Gabor in the series, which debuted on Broadway in 2006.
The musical, based on an 1891 German play by Franz Wedekind, tells the story of a group of high school students who explore their sexuality and come to terms with the lack of information and support they receive from parents. and teachers in their lives.
The show won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.
On “The Tonight Show,” Groff told Fallon about reuniting with the cast for the concert and fundraising documentary.
“We got together and played the show, and it was so moving and it meant so much to all of us and to the audience as well,” Groff told Fallon.
The documentary, he said, “is about the reunion, but also about the legacy of ‘Spring Awakening,’ and how it changed all of our lives, and kind of how the theater can change people’s lives – especially the lives of young people.Especially after the theater has been gone for so long, we feel so lucky to have this recording of the show.
“I saw the documentary, and it’s kind of embarrassing how much I’m crying the whole way through,” Groff said. He said that when his co-star and close friend Lea Michele started singing the show’s opening number, “Mama Who Bore Me,” in rehearsal, “we all lost it and we weren’t nothing but emotional wreckage. And it was so heartwarming to reunite after 15 years apart.
Groff was also nominated for a Tony for his role as King George III in “Hamilton” and earned an Emmy nod for the film version of this hit musical. He shared the Grammy Awards for Best Musical Theater Album with the cast of “Spring Awakening” and “Hamilton.”
Groff is also known for portraying the character of Kristoff in Disney’s popular “Frozen” animated films and for starring in television series such as “Looking,” “Mindhunter” and “Glee.”
Groff, who appeared in the 2021 action movie sequel “The Matrix Resurrections,” has been cast in an upcoming M. Night Shyamalan film titled “Knock at the Cabin.”
You can see a video of Groff’s “Tonight Show” appearance here; note that there is beep adult language in the segment.