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Emily Padgett to Replace Kerry Butler in Rock of Ages

Emily Padgett to Replace Kerry Butler in Rock of Ages

Current understudy Emily Padgett will assume the starring role of small-town girl Sherrie in the Broadway musical Rock of Ages beginning March 15. She takes over for current leading lady Kerry Butler, who plays her final performance on March 13. In addition, Derek St. Pierre and Katie Webber will join the show on March 22. St. Pierre takes over the ...

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Rock 'n' Roll Gold: Rock of Ages Announces the First Annual Golden Mullet Awards

Rock 'n' Roll Gold: Rock of Ages Announces the First Annual Golden Mullet Awards

The producers of the Tony-nominated hit musical Rock of Ages and Broadway.com are announcing the dawn of a prestigious new theatrical prize: The Golden Mullet Awards. The first annual Golden Mullet Awards ceremony will be presented live from the show's home at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 26, directly following the 8pm performance.

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New Stars Kerry Butler and Tom Lenk Are Ready to Rock on September 18

New Stars Kerry Butler and Tom Lenk Are Ready to Rock on September 18

Rock of Ages will welcome previously announced incoming stars Kerry Butler and Tom Lenk on September 18, with both newcomers kicking off a six-month engagement at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Butler, who replaces Savannah Wise as Sherrie, had previously been scheduled to begin on September 21, while Lenk, who replaces Wesley Taylor, had been set to begin September 14. Wise ...

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Buffy's Tom Lenk to Make Broadway Debut in Rock of Ages

Buffy's Tom Lenk to Make Broadway Debut in Rock of Ages

Tom Lenk, best known for his run on the cult-classic television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will make his Broadway debut as flamboyant German real estate developer Franz in Rock of Ages. Lenk originated the role in Rock of Ages’ 2006 Los Angeles and Las Vegas productions prior to the show’s off-Broadway debut in October 2008. The actor begins ...

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Oh, Sherrie! Tony Nominee Kerry Butler to Join Rock of Ages

Oh, Sherrie! Tony Nominee Kerry Butler to Join Rock of Ages

Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler will rock Broadway as the newest leading lady in Rock of Ages. The actress will play small-town girl Sherrie beginning September 21 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Butler has signed on for a six-month engagement, performing six shows a week; understudy Erika Hunter and an as-yet unannounced second understudy will play the role for both ...

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Don Stephenson Joins the Cast of Rock of Ages

Don Stephenson Joins the Cast of Rock of Ages

Don Stephenson will answer the call of the Sunset Strip, joining Rock of Ages for a limited engagement beginning August 17 at the Brooks Atkinson Theater. Stephenson steps in as villainous real-estate developer Hertz, replacing original cast member Paul Schoeffler, who departs the production to join the Walnut Street Theatre’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Schoeffler returns to Rock of Ages ...

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Constantine Maroulis to Roll with Rock of Ages Through Summer 2010

Constantine Maroulis to Roll with Rock of Ages Through Summer 2010

Broadway leading man and American Idol veteran Constantine Maroulis will continue his Tony-nominated turn as Drew in Broadway’s Rock of Ages, producers announced August 4. The star, who was originally booked the production through September 2009, has renewed his contract for a full year, through summer 2010.

“I am thrilled to be able to continue in my role in ...

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Savannah Wise Officially Assumes the Role of Sherrie in Rock of Ages

Savannah Wise Officially Assumes the Role of Sherrie in Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages ensemble member and understudy Savannah Wise has stepped in to officially replace original leading lady Amy Spanger in the starring role of Sherrie. Producers announced that Spanger, who left the show for extended vocal rest on June 8, 2009, would leave the show permanently for personal reasons on June 29. Wise has been playing the role since ...

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Rock of Ages Smashes Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble

Tony-nominated new musical Rock of Ages shattered the Guinness World Record for largest air guitar ensemble on July 1. The previous record, held by 440 air rockers at a music festival in Donington Park, U.K., was smashed by a total of 810 rockers at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre after the show’s matinee performance.

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Rock Star Amy Spanger Leaves Her Show

Rock Star Amy Spanger Leaves Her Show

Rock of Ages star Amy Spanger has left the Tony-nominated jukebox musical “for personal reasons,” according to a June 29 news release. Her replacement has not been announced, but understudy Savannah Wise—who’s been filling in for Spanger since June 8—will play the part in the interim, says the show’s rep.

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