Rock of Ages Gives You Rocktoberfest
The Producers of Rock of Ages are pumped to announce the return of Rocktoberfest, a month-long celebration offering ticket holders exclusive events, including an onstage lip sync battle, an epic Halloween Bash in partnership with Hard Rock Café, over $7,500 worth of prizes & giveaways, and all tickets at $69. Nominated for five Tony Awards during its record-breaking Broadway run, this 10th Anniversary limited engagement is playing through January 12, 2020 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, NYC). For more information and a complete list of Rocktoberfest events, visit www.rockofagesmusical.com/tickets.
- ‘SUNDAY SURPRIZES’ (Sunday, October 6, 13, 20 & 27): Each Sunday evening in October, every member of the audience has a chance to win a rockin’ prize from Dave & Busters, The Ribbon Restaurant, Guitar Center, and more!
- ‘UNIVERSAL MUSIC DAY’ (Saturday, October 12): To celebrate Universal Music Day, one lucky audience member will receive an electric guitar from D’ Angelico Guitars and a VIP guitar lesson from Rock of Ages’ very own guitarist, Tommy Kessler from Blondie. Ticket holders can enter to win at the theater prior to the matinee at 2 PM.
- ‘MOCK ROCK LIP SYNC BATTLE’ (Tuesday, October 18): Ready for your 5 minutes of fame in the Bourbon Room? Join us for Mock Rock, a lip sync battle on stage at New World Stages on October 18! The winner will receive an exclusive “ROCK & BOWL” party at BOWLMOR Times Square. Ticket holders can sign up to compete with a Rock of Ages song at the theatre before that evening’s performance.
- ‘REWARD THE FAN’ TRIVIA NIGHT (Wednesday, October 30): Put your Rock of Ages knowledge to the test as ‘Reward the Fan’ hosts Trivia Night on October 30! Join us in the lobby during intermission —or join in around the county via the Reward the Fan app. The winner will receive a prize!
- KEEP THE PARTY GOING (Thursday, October 3,10, & 17): Hard Rock Cafe will celebrate Rocktoberfest with a Rock of Ages dance party, featuring DJs spinning 80s classics, from 9 PM–1 AM on October 3, 10, 17.
- HARD ROCK HALLOWEEN (Thursday, October 31): Join us for a Halloween bash with members of the cast at Hard Rock Cafe! Come dressed in your best rock glam or as your favorite 80’s rock star for a chance to win a $500 Hard Rock gift card.
- ON THE ROCKS MARGARITA CRAWL (Saturday, October 5, 12, 19, & 26): Enjoy Rock of Ages-themed drinks before and after evening performances every Saturday in October at Blockheads and MTHR Vegan. Just show your ticket stub to get in on the fun.
- SPECIAL OFFERS: Bring your Rock of Ages ticket stub to any of our partners to receive discounts including: appetizer specials at HARD ROCK CAFÉ;10% off your purchase at BLOCKHEADS; 10% off your meal at MTHR VEGAN, and 3 exclusive samples at Kiehl’s – Hell’s Kitchen.
- All tickets in October are $69 with the code: RKTOBER69
Rock of Ages opened on Broadway on April 7, 2009, for a monumental six-year run of 2,350 performances, carving the musical a spot in the Broadway history books as one of the Top 30 Longest-running Shows of All Time. In honor of the show’s landmark anniversary, this production reunites Rock of Ages’award-winning Broadway creative team – Chris D’Arienzo’s hilarious original story is mounted at New World Stages by Tony-nominated director Kristin Hanggi (Clueless) and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Kelly Devine (Come From Away), in participation with the musical’s original Broadway design team: scenic design by Beowulf Boritt (Come From Away), costume design by Gregory Gale (The Wedding Singer), lighting design by Jason Lyons (Bring It On: The Musical), sound design is by Peter Hylenski (Frozen), and projection design is by Zachary Borovay (In The Heights). KGM Theatrical serves as General Manager, with casting by Stewart/Whitley. The anniversary production, originally scheduled as a sixteen-week engagement through October 6, 2019, began performances on June 19, 2019.
The 10th Anniversary cast includes CJ Eldred (Desperate Measures) as Drew and Kirsten Scott (Jersey Boys) as Sherrie, with original Broadway cast memberMitchell Jarvis (Gettin’ the Band Back Together) reprises his role as Lonny. PJ Griffith (American Idiot) stars as Stacee Jaxx, Matt Ban (Rock of Ages National Tour) as Dennis, Dane Biren (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) as Franz, Tiffany Engen (Legally Blonde) as Regina, Broadway cast member Theresa Stanley (The Color Purple) as Justice through October 28 and Tom Galantich (Mamma Mia!) as Hertz. Rounding out the ensemble are Rock of Ages Las Vegas alumni Ashley E. Matthews and Leah Read, original National Tour cast member Danielle Marie Gonzalez (Clueless Off-Broadway) as Waitress #1, Michael Mahany(Spring Awakening), Mekhai Lee (The Color Purple National Tour), Kevin Michael Raponey (A Chorus Line National Tour), Justin Colombo (Kinky Boots), Autumn Guzzardi (9 to 5), and Matt Wolpe (Finding Neverland). KGM Theatrical serves as General Manager, with casting by Stewart/Whitley.
The music that ignited a generation soars to new heights in the critically acclaimed and audience-adored hit musical Rock of Ages.
*Mark Returns To The Magis Theatre Company
Magis Theatre Company will present a revival of their critically acclaimed production of *mark, a solo performance of the Gospel of Mark. Originally produced at La MaMa ETC and directed by Luann Purcell Jennings in 2014, it features original music composed by internationally acclaimed, award-winning composer Elizabeth Swados. Actor George Drance will again perform the role of the storyteller. *mark will be performed at Theatre 315 located at 315 W. 47th St. New York, NY. The show dates are as follows: Wednesdays, April 12 and 19 at 7PM; Thursdays, April 6, 13 and 20 at 7pm; Friday April 7, 14 and 21 at 8PM; Saturday April 8, 15 and 22 at 2PM. Tickets are available at Eventbrite: tinyurl.com/36h7rzdt. The production is directed by Jackie Lucid.
The Gospel of Mark, the oldest of the four gospels, had an early tradition of being performed aloud from start to finish. It was finally written down during Nero’s brutal persecution of the followers of “the Way.” Recited in its entirety to give courage to this community of quiet rebels, their radical compassion put them in danger because their inclusivity threatened the Empire’s status quo. Today it is rare for an audience to hear this gospel performed in its totality, or to experience it with the immediacy of that dangerous period of oppression. In his contemporary solo performance, Drance, reclaims the urgency of the words as when they were first spoken. He examines the message of commitment and love through the eyes of a street artist, using drawings to illustrate and illuminate the text.
Magis Theatre Company, founded in 2003, is an ensemble of actors and teaching artists who came together out of desire: desire to teach, desire to train, and desire to act. The company has produced a variety of actor driven, physically based theatre productions that explore the human condition. Recent productions include: Thornton Wilder’s The Alcestiad performed at FDR Four Freedoms Park; Calderon’s Two Dreams, presenting both the 1636 comedia and the 1677 auto sacramental of Life is a Dream; Leslie Lewis’ Miracle in Rwanda, testifying to the transformative power of prayer and forgiveness. Their adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s fantastical spiritual tale The Great Divorce was hailed by the New York Times as “thought provoking… long on theatrical skill and remarkably short on preachiness.”
Actor George Drance, Artist-in-residence at Fordham University, has performed and directed in over twenty countries on five continents. He has served as artistic director of Theatre YETU in Kenya and artistic associate for Teatro la Fragua in Honduras. Drance has been a guest artist and lecturer at Columbia University, Cornell University, Marquette University, Marymount Manhattan College, Hebrew Union College, and Boston College. In March, Drance, who is Ukrainian, will appear at LA Mama in Radio 477!, a new show created by Yara Arts Group and Ukrainian artists about the city of Kharkiv, its jazz history, and how it stood up to Putin today. With texts and lyrics by award-winning Ukrainian poet Serhiy Zhadan, music by Anthony Coleman, it is directed by Virlana Tkacz.
Perhaps best known for her Broadway and international smash hit Runaways, the late Elizabeth Swados (1951-2016) composed, wrote and directed issue-oriented theatre for over 30 years. Some of her works include the Obie Award winning Trilogy at La Mama, and Alice at the Palace with Meryl Streep at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Her awards include: Five Tony® nominations, three Obie® Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Ford Grant, the Helen Hayes Award, a Lila Acheson Wallace Grant, PEN, and others.
Visit the Magis Theatre Company online at: https://www.magistheatre.org
Broadway’s A Doll’s House Meticulously Stunning Revival Soars Like a Birdie Above That Clumsy Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
For a revival to find its footing, it has to have a point of view or a sense of purpose far beyond an actor’s desire to perform a part, whether it suits them or not. It needs to radiate an idea that will make us want to sit up and pay attention. To feel its need to exist. And on one particular day in March, I was blessed with the opportunity to see not just one grande revival, but two. One was a detailed pulled-apart revolutionary revival of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House that astounded. The other, unfortunately, was a clumsy revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof that fell lazily from that high-wired peak – not for a lack of trying, but from a formulation that never found its purpose.
Theatre News: Smash, I Need That, Good Night, Oscar, Funny Girl, This Beautiful Lady and In The Trenches: A Parenting Musical
The NBC television series Smash is coming to Broadway for the 2024-2025 season. Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron and Steven Spielberg will produce. The musical will feature a book co-written by three-time Tony Award nominee Rick Elice and Tony winner Bob Martin. Tony and Grammy winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Some Like It Hot). The team earned three Emmy nominations for their songs from the “Smash” series will pen the score, which will feature numbers from the TV show.
Five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman (New York, New York) will direct and Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse will choreograph.
The series was created by Theresa Rebeck and Spielberg, launch the series. Spielberg is also one of the co-producers of Good Night, Oscar, which begins performances at the Belasco Theatre on April 7.
Official dates, theater, creative team and casting for the “Smash” stage musical will be announced at a later date.
Speaking of the Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Theresa Rebeck, Danny DeVito and Lucy DeVito are set to star in her new play I Need That at the Roundabout. The new comedy will be directed by Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel which will open at the American Airlines Theatre in October. The cast will also include Ray Anthony Thomas. … Also newly announced for Roundabout’s new Broadway season is a spring 2024 revival of Samm-Art Williams’ 1980 Tony-nominated play “Home.” Tony winner Kenny Leon will direct
Speaking of Good Night, Oscar, Doug Wright’s play was named finalist for 2023 new play award by The American Theatre Critics Association. The other six finalists for the 2023 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award include: Born With Teeth by Liz Duffy Adams, the ripple, the wave that carried me home by Christina Anderson, Sally & Tom by Suzan-Lori Parks, Spay by Madison Fiedler and
Swing State by Rebecca Gilman.
Paolo Montalban and Anne L. Nathan are joining Lea Michele in Funny Girl as Florenz Ziegfield and Mrs. Strakosh. Montalban and Nathan will replace original cast members Peter Francis James and Toni DiBuono, who take their final bows on March 26th.
Elizabeth Swados’ This Beautiful Lady will play at La MaMa this May. Previews will begin May 5 for the Off-Broadway run ahead of the May 8 press opening, with performances set through May 28 in the Ellen Stewart Theatre.
In The Trenches: A Parenting Musical, with book, music, and lyrics by Graham & Kristina Fuller, will receive industry readings on Friday, March 24th at 11am & 3pm at Ripley Grier Studios. The readings will be directed by Jen Wineman (Dog Man: The Musical) and will feature music direction by Rebekah Bruce (Mean Girls) and arrangements by Dan Graeber, Graham & Kristina Fuller.
The cast of In The Trenches features Amanda Jane Cooper (Wicked), Jelani Remy (The Lion King, Ain’t Too Proud), Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Caesar Samayoa (Come From Away), Max Crumm (Grease, Disaster!), and Vidushi Goyal.Join two bleary-eyed young parents as they trudge through the trenches and discover their new post-baby identities. In an evening of new-parent greatest hits, a foul-mouthed toddler zeroes in on “the most dangerous thing in the room”, tap dancing towards bleach, knives, and tide pods; a chronically-overlooked younger sibling sings the “second child blues”; a mom trio celebrates yoga pants in an R&B love song to the “official mom uniform”; dad discovers he’s not the “ice-cream and movie-night cool parent” but rather the “do your homework real parent” amid a kiddo sugar-crash; and mom retrieves a sticky, hair-covered pacifier from the floor of a LaGuardia bathroom while her baby screams bloody murder and her flight boards without her.
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