Photo Coverage: Constantine Maroulis, Emma Hunton, Michael Cerveris and More in Rehearsals for ROCKERS ON BROADWAY
Rocker Joan Jett, Cheryl Freeman (The Who's Tommy), Ariana Groover (Bare), Steve Gouveia (Jersey Boys), Emma Hunton(Next to Normal), John Arthur Greene (Matilda), Preston Truman Boyd (Big River), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), Michael Lanning (Bonnie and Clyde), Sarah Schmidt (Jersey Boys),Jeremy Schonfeld (Drift), Andrew Berlin, Sarah Grace, Aisha Jackson, Greg Kamp, Megan Rice join Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis (Jekyll & Hyde), Eden Espinosa (Wicked),Lena Hall (Kinky Boots), Tony Vincent (We Will Rock You/American Idiot) and Rebecca Covington, Dionne Figgins,Jawan M. Jackson, Mykal Kilgore, Krisha Marcano, Jarran Muse, Jesse Nagar and Donald Webber Jr. from Motown the Musical, join Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris, Norm Lewis,Lesli Margherita, Tituss Burgess, Donnie Kehr and more for ROCKERS ON BROADWAY 20 - Celebrating 20 Years (1993-2013) at SoHo's (le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, NYC) on Monday, November 11 at 7:30 PM.
BroadwayWorld popped in on the team in rehearasals and brings you a sneak peek at the performers below!
This historic night will honor rock legend Pete Townshend (The Who's TOMMY) and director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), two visionaries who broke new artistic ground while bridging the gap between Rock & Roll and Broadway. An all-star cast of Broadway's finest (to be announced) will be backed by a full band, performing numbers from the event's first two decades. The evening will include special performances by The Monkees Micky Dolenz (Aida, Grease) and honoree Des McAnuff.
Over two decades, ROCKERS ON BROADWAY has raised $300,000, with proceeds from 2013's event benefitting The ASCAP Foundation's Children Will Listen Program, The Broadway Dreams Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, says Cori Gardner, Executive Producer of The PATH Fund, the nonprofit organization that produces the event.
"ROCKERS ON BROADWAY 20 will feature 20 of the best performances celebrating the first 20 years," says event founder Donnie Kehr, who just wrapped shooting in Los Angeles recreating his Broadway role of Norm Waxman in Clint Eastwood's film of Jersey Boys. This year, for our 20th anniversary, we're honoring Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff because they inspired the creation of this annual event."
Kehr worked with the legends when he appeared in The Who's TOMMY. "Rockers began because Pete wanted TOMMY's cast of Broadway performers to get some experience performing in rock clubs to understand what he did. So our first event actually had rock god Pete Townshend playing backup for Alice Ripley, Norm Lewis, Michael Cerveris, myself and others to help give our Broadway performances a rock n' roll edge. And that spirit has guided 20 years of ROCKERS ON BROADWAY."
Tickets for "ROCKERS ON BROADWAY 20" range from $30 to $250 and are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.rockersonbroadway.com or call (le) poisson rouge at (212) 505-FISH (3474).
Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy
John Arthur Green