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Rock of Ages

  • Book by Chris D'Arienzo
  • Full Length Musical, Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Comedy, 1980s
  • 7M, 10F
  • ISBN: PER0000000553

Rock of Ages takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Comedy
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult
  • Cautions: Mild Adult Themes
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, Large Stage, Professional Theatre

  • Accolades:
  • Nominee! 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical
It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality.

Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall.

Can Drew, Sherri and the gang save the strip–and themselves–before it's too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Twisted Sister, REO Speedwagon, Whitesnake and more hold the answer.

REVIEWS:

"A seriously silly, absurdly enjoyable arena-rock musical...the performances blend sincere conviction and knowing parody. I never would have guessed that wine coolers could age this well!"

 The New York Times

"As the show opens with blinding lights, shredding guitars and hammer-handed drumming, even nonbelievers may start inhaling the Aqua Net and embracing their inner rocker."

Variety

"Even doubters will be wiping tears from their Wayfarers. Rock of Ages is the power-ballad decade in all its glory, tricked out with big perms, bigger dreams, and the kind of operatic ecstasy you read about only in bathroom stalls."

Entertainment Weekly

Premiere Production: Rock of Ages opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 7 April, 2009 and is currently playing at the Helen Hayes Theatre. As on 31 August 2014, it is the 30th longest running show with 2168 performances.
  • Casting: 7M, 10F
  • Chorus Size: Medium

  • DREW
    An appealing, good-guy rocker with great, easy comedic timing, a boyish charm, vulnerability and a very strong rock tenor voice. Drew works at the legendary Bourbon Room hoping and waiting for his dreams to come true. He finds an instant attraction to Sherrie, the beautiful new arrival from the Midwest, who encourages him to go after his dreams. (Vocal Range: Bb3-D5)
  • SHERRIE
    Caucasian female, an in-shape, pretty, fresh faced, innocent Midwestern girl stepping right off the bus into a new world to pursue her dreams of stardom. Strong comedic timing, strong rock belt, good movement ability. Should be comfortable in revealing/skimpy clothing. (Vocal Range: G3-F5)
  • LONNY
    The narrator of the piece, charming, mischievous, welcoming, vibrant personality, a guy who would be fun to spend one drunken night with. Strong, honest comedic timing/improv skills and strong rock vocals. (Vocal Range: D3-D5)
  • DENNIS DUPREE
    Classic stoner type guy who runs the famous Bourbon Room club. Torn about whether he should sell the club to Hertz, a German businessman. Very strong comedic timing. A laid back, easy going dude real dude. Bari-tenor rock vocals. (Vocal Range: D3-G4)
  • STACEE JAXX/FATHER
    A sexy rock star. Decided to leave his successful hair/metal-rock band to try it solo. Self important, confident intriguing in all the wrong ways, the ultimate bad boy; he is all about sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. Great strong comedic timing and strong rock tenor voice. (Vocal Range: C3-Eb5)
  • JUSTICE/MOTHER
    African American female, strong presence, an easy sensuality about her, once a performer, she now operates a strip club where Sherrie winds up working. Takes on the maternal role for the girls that work for her. Strong, soulful vocals and belt needed. (Vocal Range: G3-Db5)
  • HERTZ KLINEMANN
    An attractive older German male. Uptight, cold, intimidating businessman trying to buy up the Strip to develop it. The bad guy of the piece. Strong comedic timing and baritone vocals. (Vocal Range: F3-G#4)
  • FRANZ KLINEMANN
    Hertz’s son, young German male. Works for his father but not by choice. Pressured and intimidated by his father. Shy, gentle with a big heart. Strong vocals and comedic timing. (Vocal Range: Db3-E5)
  • REGINA
    A fun, hippie type, in shape, earthy girl who fights against the attempted take over of The Strip. Strong comedic timing, belt vocals and comfortable in revealing/skimpy clothing. (Vocal Range: A3-Eb5)
  • MAYOR/JA'KEITH/ENSEMBLE
    A strong character actor with good comedic timing to play numerous roles, strong rock tenor and strong dance/movement ability. (Vocal Range: D3-B4)
  • JOEY PRIMO/ENSEMBLE
    A young male with the rocker sensibility, strong rock tenor and strong/dance/movement ability, possible US for Drew/Stacee.
  • FEMALE ENSEMBLE
    Three of the sexiest female singer/dancers around. Sassy, in shape, beautiful. Must be comfortable in very skimpy/sexy clothing. Strong dancers proficient in jazz and modern, comedic ability and strong rock vocals. Will US principal roles.
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Vocal/Chorus Book
    1 x Script

    $24.00/pm
    Pre-Production Pack Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This is optional.

    1 x Script
    1 x Vocal Chrous/Book
    1 x Piano/Conductor Score

    $75.00
    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    20 x Vocal/Chorus Books
    20 x Scripts
    1 x Piano/Conductor's Score

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 x Piano Conductor's Score
    1 x Bass
    1 x Drums
    1 x Guitar 1
    1 x Guitar 2

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm
    Script/Vocal Scores 10 Pack Shipped with (or after) Rehearsal Material. This is optional.

    10 x Scripts
    10 x Vocal/Chorus Books

    $50.00 +$50.00/pm