Broadway alum Matthew Stocke will star as German real estate developer Hertz in the ‘80s jukebox musical Rock of Ages, filling in for current star Paul Schoeffler. Stocke will assume the role February 7 through March 10. Schoeffler, who is leaving to star in Man of La Mancha at Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars, will return to Rock of Ages on March 11.
Rock of Ages, currently playing at Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre, tells the story of small-town girl Sherrie (Broadway.com video blogger Kate Rockwell) and city boy Drew (Justin Matthew Sargent), who meet while working at the legendary Bourbon Room in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Hertz (Stocke), a no-nonsense real-estate developer, is planning to renovate the Sunset Strip and do away with the historic rock club. Rock of Ages features a score of classic ‘80s rock songs including “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “Every Rose Has its Thorn” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Directed by Kristin Hanggi, Rock of Ages features a book by Chris D’Arienzo.
In addition to Stocke, Rockwell and Sargent, the cast of Rock of Ages includes Joey Calveri as Stacee Jaxx, Genson Blimline as Lonny, Adam Dannheisser as Dennis, Cody Scott Lancaster as Franz, Josephine Rose Roberts as Regina and Teresa Stanley as Justice, as well as Tessa Alves, Andrew Call, Tony LePage, Michael Minarik, Jennifer Rias, Cassie Silva, Andre Ward and Neka Zang.
Stocke’s Broadway credits include The Wedding Singer, The Boy From Oz, The Full Monty and Titanic. He previously served as a swing in Rock of Ages. His film and TV credits include Construction, Law & Order and 30 Rock.