Tony AwardÂ® Nominee Constantine Maroulis To Bring In A Swinging New Year Starring In â€œRock Of Ages,â€ Opening, December 28 – January 9 Presented By Florida Theatrical Association At Broward Center For The Performing Arts
Adding big time heat to an already exciting smash Broadway theatrical season, ROCK OF AGES, a hilarious, feel good- love story told through the hit songs of such iconic rockers as Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar and Whitesnake, will heighten the joy of the holiday season when Tony award Nominee Constantine Maroulis of â€œAmerican Idol fame,â€ recreates his original Broadway role as Drew, opening Tuesday, December 28 playing through Sunday, January 9, presented by Florida Theatrical Association at Broward Center for the Performing arts
Coming direct from Broadway, Maroulis, who Rolling Stone declared â€œa perfect lead,â€ will reprise his acclaimed performance in the First National Tour of the five-time Tony AwardÂ® nominated smash-hit musical. Set in 1987 on Hollywoodâ€™s Sunset Strip where a small town girl meets a big city dreamer at L.A.â€™s most legendary rock club, they fall in love to the greatest songs of the â€œ80s, including such iconic feel-good, sing-out loud songs as Every Rose Has its Thorn, I Wanna Know What Love Is, Here I Go Again, and Donâ€™t Stop Believinâ€™.
Other principals joining the party of the classic rock story of the decade include MiG Ayesa as Stacee Jaxx (Broadway: Burn The Floor; International: We Will Rock You; PBSâ€™s Handel’s Messiah Rocks; CBS-TVâ€™s Rockstar INXS), Nick Cordero as Dennis (Off-Broadway: Toxic Avenger), Rebecca Faulkenberry as Sherrie (High School Musical 1 (original cast); High School Musical 2 (original London cast), Patrick Lewallen as Lonny (National Tour: Jesus Christ Superstar), Teresa Stanley as Justice (Broadway: Purlie, Dreamgirls), Casey Tuma as Regina (Broadway/National Tour: Annie – 20th Anniversary), Bret Tuomi as Hertz (Regional: A Christmas Carol) and Travis Walker as Franz (Jeff Award-Winning production of Chess with Theo Ubique Cabaret). Rounding out the cast is ROCK OF AGES Page 2 Angela Brydon (Broadway: Wicked), Joey Calveri (Tours: Saturday Night Fever, Grease,) Daniel Luis Domenech (National Tour: Rent), Lindsay Janisse (Broadway: Wicked), Sean Jenness (Tour: 25th Anniversary of HAIR), Holly Laurent (National tours: The Wedding Singer and Hairspray), Lauralynn McClelland (Broadway: West Side Story), Rashad Naylor (Broadway: Hairspray), Josh Sassanella (Las Vegas: Mamma Mia!) and Erika Shannon (National Tour: West Side Story). ROCK OF AGES is directed by Tony Award Nominee Kristin Hanggi (Bare, Pussycat Dolls on the Sunset Strip) and choreographed by Kelly Devine (Jersey Boys â€“ Associate Choreographer). The book is by Chris Dâ€™Arienzo (writer and director of the film Barry Munday), the original arrangements are by David Gibbs (Counting Crows, Film: That Thing You Do) and the Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations are by Ethan Popp (Tarzan; Europe: We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia).
Scenic design is by Beowulf Boritt (Spelling Bee, LoveMusik), costume design is by Tony Nominee Gregory Gale (Cyrano, The Wedding Singer), lighting design is by Jason Lyons (The Threepenny Opera), sound design is by Tony Nominee Peter Hylenski (Shrek), and projection design is by Zachary Borovay (A Catered Affair).
ROCK OF AGES opened on April 7, 2009 at Broadwayâ€™s Brooks Atkinson Theatre to critical acclaim, following an off Broadway engagement in the fall of 2008. The Broadway production was nominated for Five 2009 Tony AwardsÂ®, including Best Musical, and New Line Records released the Original Broadway Cast Recording in July 2009, featuring 28 songs from the show. A New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. film of the musical, directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), is scheduled to be released in 2011.
ROCK OF AGES opened to rave reviews at the legendary Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Canada on May 11, 2010. It was also recently announced that ROCK OF AGES will head down under and open at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, Australia in April 2011.
ROCK OF AGES is produced by Matthew Weaver, Carl Levin, Jeff Davis, Barry Habib, Scott Prisand, Janet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver, Relativity Media and The Araca Group.
FOR TOUR SIZZLE REEL VISIT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tY-xJqQZ-o
ROCK OF AGES will begin on Tuesday, November 28th through Sunday, January 9th , 2011. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sunday evenings at 7:30pm. Other holiday performances include Friday, December 31st at 7:00pm. Matinee performances are all Saturdays and Sundays and Wednesday, January 5th at 2:00pm. Ticket prices range from $25.00 to $65.00 and are now on sale at the Broward Center Box Office Monday through Friday 10AM – 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon – 5 PM and 1 Â½ hours prior to show times; or on-line at www.broadwayacrossamerica.com; www.browardcenter.org; by phone 954-462-0222. Groups of 15 or more are invited to call 954-626-7814 or 954-462-0222.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ROCK OF AGES: www.RockofAgesMusical.com
CONSTANTINE MAROULIS (Drew) earned a Tony AwardÂ® nomination, Drama League Award nomination, Broadway.comâ€™s Broadway Star of the Year 2009 Award for his performance in Rock of Ages. Broadway: The Wedding Singer. National tour: Rent (Roger). Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages, Jacques Brel. Regional: Williamstown. TV: â€œAmerican Idol,â€ â€œThe Bold and the Beautiful,â€ â€œThe Tonight Show,â€ â€œConan Oâ€™Brien,â€ â€œEllen,â€ â€œRegis & Kelly,â€ â€œThe View,â€ â€œThe Soupâ€ and contributed/hosted many â€œIdolâ€-related programs for FOX. Sold-out tours include Idols Live and his new solo endeavor A Night at the Rock Show, a celebration of the Rock Songbook. Various CDs available at www.constantinemaroulis.com. Training: Boston Conservatory.
MiG AYESA (Stacee Jaxx) Broadway: Burn the Floor. West End London: We Will Rock You, Rent, Thriller: Live!, Buddy. Australia/Asia: Fame, Grease, Rent, Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber, West Side Story. Film: “Queen Of The Damned”. TV: “Rockstar: Inxs”, “Handel’s Messiah Rocks”, â€œSo You Think You Can Danceâ€, “THE FERALS”. Self-titled CD through Decca/Universal. Upcoming CD. www.mig-music.com. ROCK OF AGES Page 3 NICK CORDERO (Dennis) was last seen Off-Broadway where he created the title character in the Outer Critics Circle Award winning Toxic Avenger Musical. Regional credits include Evita (Che), The Last Five Years (Jaime), Blood Brothers (Sammy). www.nickcordero.com , www.themeansmusic.com
REBECCA FAULKENBERRY (Sherrie) The Bermuda nativeâ€™s theatre includes: Aunt Dan and Lemon (Royal Court), The Shape of Things (RADA), High School Musical 1 (Hammersmith Apollo) and 2 (Fox Theatre), The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Royal Family, Slow Dance with a Hot Pick Up, Smoke on the Mountain. TV/Film; â€œDoctorsâ€ (BBC1)
PATRICK LEWALLEN (Lonny) A proud Kansas City native and KU graduate, Patrick enjoys home cooking and classic rock music â€“ especially Queen! Patrick should undergo IV therapy for his severe Pepsi addiction. He is an experienced beer-pong player and loves sports â€“ Go Jayhawks, Chiefs and Royals. www.patricklewallen.com
TERESA STANLEY (Justice/Mother) Broadway: Purlie, Into The Woods, Ainâ€™t Misbehaving, Dreamgirls, and The Color Purple.
CASEY TUMA (Regina) Broadway/National Tour: Annie – 20th Anniversary. Regional: High School Musical 2 (Atlanta TOTS and North Shore MT), Barefoot in the Park (HSN @ The Kennedy), All Shook Up (Media Theatre), The Music Man (Lenape Regional PAC). PSU MT Alum!
BRET TUOMI (Hertz) Notable credits include Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol with The Goodman Theatre, Macduff in Macbeth with Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and Leo in Leading Ladies with Montana Repertory Theatre.
TRAVIS WALKER (Franz) is psyched to have his first tour be RoA! An actor out of Chicago, his most recent credits include Sweet and Hot: A Harold Arlen Revue and the Jeff Award-Winning production of Chess with Theo Ubique Cabaret. Heâ€™s also worked with AboutFace Theatre and Hubris Productions.
ANGELA BRYDON (Waitress #1, Ensemble) Broadway: Footloose and Wicked. Off Broadway: Fame on 42nd Street. Regional: All Shook Up, Nights on Broadway, Finian’s Rainbow, Zorba, Golden Boy. Television: Tony Awards, MTV video music awards, â€œThe View,â€ â€œOne Life to Liveâ€ and â€œA Dream Come True; Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Celebrationâ€ at Madison Square Garden. Appeared in various commercials, voice over’s and industrials.
JOEY CALVERI (Joey Primo/ Ensemble) We Will Rock You Las Vegas (Galileo), Saturday Night Fever (Tony), Trip Of Love (Peter), West Side Story (Action), Grease (Kenickie). Other: Hair (Berger), Annie (Rooster).
DANIEL LUIS DOMENECH (Swing) A Long Island native, he joins the show from Los Angeles, CA where he’s been working in TV and film choreography on projects like, Step Brothers, Semi Pro, Tropic Thunder, Fame 2009, the Oscars and the MTV Movie Awards. Wonderland original cast (Knight/Jack u.s.), Sister Act the Musical, original cast (Dinero), Rent, National tour (Paul/Angel u.s.), Altar Boyz (Juan), The Who’s Tommy (Tommy), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas).
LINDSAY JANISSE (Young Groupie) Broadway and Los Angeles: Wicked.
SEAN JENNESS (Ensemble, Male Booth Singer) — recent theatrical credits include the Southern Captain in The Civil War in Washington DC and Chucky/Adam in the Carnegie Hall production of Jerry Springer:The Opera. Regional: Almost Heaven (world premiere, Hair, American Duet. National tours: Hair (Woof) and Tommy (Pinball Lad). He has fronted some of the most popular (and wildly diverse) bands in the Northeast, including The Doug Flutie Band. www.theseanjenness.com
HOLLY LAURENT (Swing) National tours: The Wedding Singer and Hairspray.
LAURALYNN McCLELLAND (Constance, Ensemble) Broadway: West Side Story, Grease.
RASHAD NAYLOR (Mayor, Ensemble) Broadway: Thad in original company of Hairspray, also played Seaweed and made Broadway history as the only Male Dynamite. Other favorites: Scarecrow in Des McAnuff’s The Wiz; Sammy Davis Jr. in Rat Pack Live from Vegas; Barry Belson in Jersey Boys.
JOSH SASSANELLA (Swing) favorite credits: Mamma Mia! (Las Vegas), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Music Theatre Wichita), High School Musical 2 (World Premiere, Fox Theatre Atlanta), and RENT (Forestburgh Theatre).
ERIKA SHANNON (Swing) Tours: West Side Story (Swing), Saturday Night Fever (Swing/Annette) Fame (Serena). Film/TV: Itâ€™s Complicated, â€œ30 Rockâ€, â€œUgly Bettyâ€, Lâ€™Oreal.Thank you for using Soul Of Miami!