Authors are constantly asked where they get their ideas. The truth is, the best ideas are those we arenâ€™t looking for at the time. Theyâ€™re the kind which sneak up on us out of left field when we are reading or researching something else. When we have a specific task, then, we often look in unusual places for inspiration. Nonetheless, if I were given the task of coming up with material to adapt into a socially-relevant but still successful Broadway musical, Iâ€™m not sure I would start by researching obscure late-19th century German plays. Then again, Iâ€™m not Steven Sater or Duncan Sheik, creators of the Tony-winning rock musical Spring Awakening.