STAGE TUBE: Director Adam Shankman On the Cast of ROCK OF AGES

June 15
11:39 AM 2012

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Director Adam Shankman discussed what it took to transform the Broadway musical Rock of Ages into a full-length feature film. Shankman also chats about his all-star cast which includes Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julianne Hough, Malin Akerman and Tom Cruise.

Recalling the first time he heard the film's star Tom Cruise sing the director commented, “He sounded amazing. And within one lesson his range broadened as he opened up. I opened the door, and I was like a 15-year-old girl, I was screaming and jumping up and down and going, ‘Oh my god this is going to work.’ ” Check out the interview below!

New Line Cinema's adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical ROCK OF AGES hits theaters today, June 15th. The film tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more.

The movie musical stars Julianne Hough ("Burlesque"), with actor/singer Diego Boneta in his feature film debut, Russell Brand ("Arthur," "Get Him to the Greek"), Oscar® nominee Paul Giamatti ("Cinderella Man"), Academy Award® winner Catherine Zeta-Jones ("Chicago"), Malin Akerman ("The Proposal"), R&B queen Mary J. Blige and multiple Emmy®-winner Bryan Cranston (TV's "Breaking Bad," "The Lincoln Lawyer"), with Oscar® nominees Alec Baldwin ("The Cooler") and Tom Cruise ("Born on the Fourth of July").

Shankman directs "Rock of Ages" from a screenplay by Justin Theroux and Chris D'Arienzo and Allan Loeb, based on D'Arienzo's musical of the same name. The film is being produced by Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Grant and Jennifer Gibgot, with Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel J. Brown, Hillary Butorac Weaver, Janet Billig Rich, Shankman and D'Arienzo serving as executive producers.

Rounding out the "Rock of Ages" creative team are director of photography Bojan Bazelli ("Hairspray"), production designer Jon Hutman ("It's Complicated"), editor Emma E. Hickox ("A Walk To Remember"), Oscar®-nominated costume designer Rita Ryack ("How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Hairspray"), Grammy-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan ("Dreamgirls," "Nine"), executive and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mia Michaels ("So You Think You Can Dance"). The original score is by Adam Anders and Peer Astrom (TV's "Glee").

STAGE TUBE: Director Adam Shankman On the Cast of ROCK OF AGES
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