Have you seen it, or just heard it? Having (somehow) missed most of the hype, my biggest problem with the soundtrack is that some of the lyrics sound forced, like they're trying too hard to sound like modern 14-year-olds.
Which I don't understand in the first place -- maybe you can help me with this, each? I think I'm missing the basic concept of the musical. It takes place in the late 1800's does it not? So why is all the music so contemporary to the point where it feels forced? And they also talk about things (like a stereo, at one point) that didn't exist in the 1800s. Not that this hasn't been done before, but the others (Jesus Christ Superstar is the main one that comes to mind) are retellings or reinterpretations of stories and characters we already know. I had never heard of the original Spring Awakening, and I'm one semester away from a Theatre History degree.
Not that I don't think this can work, I just don't want to pass judgement on the whole show when I can't figure out the basic concept behind it (have they updated all the spoken dialogue too? Is it just the teenagers who talk like this?) As it stands, I still think the goodness of the good songs (the ones that pull off that mournful, frustrated feeling -- the first 3 songs are still my favorite) outweights the cheesiness of the rest (Totally F*cked and My Junk really just don't work for me).
Plus I'm impressed that they managed to update this play more or less sucessfully. I've read enough 19th Century plays to know from the Wikipedia plot outline just how boring the original must be.
Bad Girls:The Musical! I've never even heard of. I think I need to catch up a bit if I'm going to call myself a good theatre student. Personally, I'm waiting for a cast recording (or even better, a tour) of Jason Robert Brown's "13".
Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself: "Mankind". Basically, it's made up of two separate words- "mank" and "ind". What do these words mean? It's a mystery, and that's why so is mankind.