Full Cast Announced for ROCK OF AGES Tour
Broadway In Chicago and the producers of the five-time Tony Award® nominated smash-hit musical ROCK OF AGES have announced the cast that will rock the nation in the 60-city, first national tour kicking off at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago on September 21, 2010. Tickets for this exclusive two week engagement are currently on sale.
Coming to you direct from Broadway is previously announced Tony Award® Nominee and "American Idol" finalist, Constantine Maroulis, who will reprise his acclaimed performance as Drew. Maroulis made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award® Nominated 2007 production of The Wedding Singer and co-starred in Off Broadway's critically acclaimed production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
Other principals joining the party include MiG Ayesa as Stacee Jaxx (Broadway: Burn The Floor; International: We Will Rock You; PBS's Handel's Messiah Rocks; CBS-TV'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 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).
The music that ignited a generation is heating up Broadway in the smash hit, ROCK OF AGES. The classic rock love story of the decade erupts into Broadway's best party, all to the sounds of such feel-good, sing-out-loud songs as Every Rose Has Its Thorn, I Wanna Know What Love Is, Here I Go Again, Don't Stop Believin' and more. This hilarious five-time Tony Award® nominated musical is nothin' but a good time.
As on Broadway, the touring production will be directed by Tony Award® Nominee Kristin Hanggi (Bare, Pussycat Dolls on the Sunset Strip) and choreographed by Kelly Devine (Jersey Boys - Associate Choreographer). The book is by Chris D'Arienzo (writer and director of the film Barry Munday), the Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations are by Ethan Popp (Tarzan; Europe: We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia) and the original arrangements are by David Gibbs (Counting Crows, Film: That Thing You Do).
Scenic design is by Beowulf Boritt (Spelling Bee, LoveMusik), costume design is by Tony Award® Nominee Gregory Gale (Cyrano, The Wedding Singer), lighting design is by Jason Lyons (The Threepenny Opera), sound design is by Tony Award® Nominee Peter Hylenski (Shrek The Musical), and projection design is by Zachary Borovay (A Catered Affair).
A New Line Cinema film of ROCK OF AGES will be directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), distributed by Warner Bros. is scheduled to be released in 2011.
Individual tickets to ROCK OF AGES are $18 - $85 and are currently on sale. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.); the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000; all Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores); and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com. Groups of 15 or more should call (312) 977-1710.
ROCK OF AGES is part of the Broadway In Chicago 2010/2011 Season Series.
For more information on ROCK OF AGES, visit www.rockofagesmusical.com
Constantine Maroulis (Drew) earned a Tony Award® nomination, Drama League Award nomination, Broadway.com'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: "American Idol," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "The Tonight Show," "Conan O'Brien," "Ellen," "Regis & Kelly," "The View," "The Soup" and contributed/hosted many "Idol"-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", "So You Think You Can Dance", "THE FERALS". Self-titled CD through Decca/Universal. Upcoming CD.
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 native'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; "Doctors" (BBC1)
Patrick Lewallen (Lonny) A proud Kansas City native and KU graduate, Patrick enjoys home cooking and classic rock music - especially Queen! Patrick should undergo IV therapy for his severe Pepsi addiction. He is an experienced beer-pong player and loves sports - Go Jayhawks, Chiefs and Royals. www.patricklewallen.com
Teresa Stanley (Justice/Mother) Broadway: Purlie, Into The Woods, Ain'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. He'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, "The View," "One Life to Live" and "A Dream Come True; Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration" 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: It's Complicated, "30 Rock", "Ugly Betty", L'Oreal.