'Weeds' star set to join Broadway's 'Spring Awakening'

From the drug dealing of Weeds to the sexual anxiety of Spring Awakening.

Hunter Parrish, who portrays Mary-Louise Parker's oldest son on the popular Showtime TV series, joins the cast of Broadway's Tony-winning Spring Awakening on Aug. 18.

Parrish will take over the role of Melchior, the thoughtful student heartthrob, from Kyle Riabko, who will headline the national touring company of the show. Riabko leaves the Broadway cast on Aug. 2.

The show, based on Frank Wedekind's classic drama, is set among the hormonally active yet sexually inexperienced youth of late 19-century Germany. It has music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater.

Besides Weeds, Parrish has appeared in such movies as 17 Again, Freedom Writers and RV. He will be making his Broadway debut in Spring Awakening.

For tickets, call Telecharge, 212-239-6200, or go online at www.telecharge.com.

Broadway ticket availability

Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available at the theaters' box offices for the shows listed. Details about how to obtain tickets appear at the end.

A Catered Affair. Faith Prince, Tom Wopat and Harvey Fierstein star in a new musical by Fierstein and John Bucchino about the complications involved for the parents of the bride in planning their daughter's wedding. Walter Kerr. Telecharge. Closes July 27.

A Chorus Line. Michael Bennett's classic musical about dancers auditioning for a big Broadway show is back. Gerald Schoenfeld. Telecharge. Closes Aug. 17.

August: Osage County. Tracy Letts' drama, a hit for Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, concerns a venomous mother and her dealings with three daughters. Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for best play. Music Box. Telecharge.

Avenue Q. Love blossoms among the 20-something set — a group that includes puppets — in this very funny, adult musical comedy. Golden. Telecharge.

Boeing-Boeing. Mark Rylance, Christine Baranski and Bradley Whitford star in the London hit about a man juggling affairs with several flight attendants. Longacre. Telecharge.

Grease. A revival of the venerable musical celebrating 1950s high school and featuring stars chosen during the recent NBC television reality series. Brooks Atkinson. Ticketmaster.

Gypsy. Patti LuPone stars as the mother of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee in a revival of one of the greatest of all Broadway musicals. St. James. Telecharge.

Hairspray. The cult John Waters movie set in 1960s Baltimore has been turned into a hilarious, tuneful musical. Neil Simon. Ticketmaster.

In the Heights. The lively off-Broadway musical about Latino residents in an area of upper Manhattan called Washington Heights moves to Broadway. Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for best musical. Richard Rodgers. Ticketmaster.

Jersey Boys. The musical story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Winner of four 2006 Tonys including best musical. August Wilson. Telecharge. Difficult.

Jungle Fantasy. Cirque Dreams' latest theatrical, acrobatic creation. Broadway. Telecharge.

Legally Blonde. Laura Bell Bundy stars in this musical version of the Reese Witherspoon movie about a determined young woman who goes to Harvard Law School. Palace. Ticketmaster.

Mamma Mia! The London musical sensation featuring the pop songs of ABBA makes it to Broadway. Die-hard ABBA fans will like it best. Winter Garden. Telecharge.

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