I saw Spring Awakening on Sunday evening, and I'm still thinking about it three days later. My mind is still working to reconcile the peppy score, the melancholy lyrics, the sharp humor, the frenetic dance numbers, the 19th century setting, and the dark and ultimately tragic themes. The staging was creative and impressive, and overall I'd recommend seeing it. I hadn't realized that there isn't a rating system for Broadway musicals similar to movies; Spring Awakening is most emphatically an R. Honestly, I didn't know that people could do what they did on stage. (In fact, the couple next to me left at intermission.) Yet there were lots of parents with their high school and college-aged kids, and lots of people over 40. In fact, the official website has a page for parents. So if it gets the conversation going, more power to everyone. As for myself, the story brought back some uncomfortable teenage truths that I don't care to recall.
Spring Awakening came through this past year but I didn't get to see it (couldn't find anyone to go with). I remember that when buying tickets for various shows, they tend to say kid friendly or caution parents about bringing children. I was surprised by how many kids (high school and under) were at Cabaret which is so obviously more adult (after seeing it, I couldn't figure out what these parents were thinking...it was bordering NC-17). It would probably be a good idea for them to have a rating system.