and Will Swenson in Rock of Ages
New musical Rock of Ages will indeed rock its way to Broadway as previously reported by Broadway.com. The Kristin Hanggi-helmed musical, written by Chris D'Arienzo, will begin performances on March 20 and officially open on April 7 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Rock of Ages will end its off-Broadway run at New World Stages on January 4. Casting for the show's Broadway transfer has not been announced.
In Rock of Ages, it's the late 1980s and the final countdown is on for a legendary Hollywood rock club facing its demise at the hands of eager developers. When a young rocker hungry for his big break and a small town girl chasing her dreams land on the scene at this infamous venue, how far will ambition drive them? And will it be lights out for the club and all the regulars and rockers who have made it their home?
The show features music of rock icons of the era such as Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and more, as well as choreography by Kelly Devine, set design is by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Gregory Gale and lights by Jason Lyons. Music supervision, arrangements orchestrations are by Ethan Popp, with original arrangements by David Gibbs.
The off-Broadway production currently features American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis, Kelli Barrett, Nova Bergeron, Adam Dannheisser, Mitchell Jarvis, Michele Mais, Lauren Molina, Brian Munn, Angel Reed, Paul Schoeffler, Will Swenson, Wesley Taylor, Savannah Wise, Jeremy Woodard, Jackie Burns, Lara Janine, Christopher Spaulding and Tad Wilson. The show is produced by Matthew Weaver, Carl Levin and Corner Store Entertainment, in association with Scott Prisand, Janet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver, Jeff Davis, Charles Rolecek, Susanne Brook, Jennifer Maloney and Prospect Pictures.
The show recently announced the sale of film rights to New Line Cinema, making it one of the rare productions to enjoy a Broadway transfer and film development simultaneously.