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BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!

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The five-time Tony Award-nominated Rock of Ages plays its final performance on Sunday, January 18, 2015 after 22 preview and 2,328 Broadway performances, solidifying its spot as the 27th longest running show in Broadway history. Below, BroadwayWorld bids adieu to the musical with a special flashback!

In addition to being a bona fide hit on Broadway, Rock of Ages is currently rocking the Las Vegas Strip at The Venetian Resort; the open seas on Norwegian's cruise ship The Breakaway; and the open road on its third U.S. National Tour and first U.K. National Tour. The show was also a runaway success in Toronto, Australia, and London's West End, and has licensed productions in several additional countries, including Mexico, Sweden, Korea, Japan and The Philippines. In 2012, Rock of Ages hit the silver screen as a major motion picture starring Tom Cruise.

The music that ignited a generation is heating up Broadway in the five-time Tony Award-nominated musical Rock of Ages. The hilarious, tongue-in-cheek love story erupts into Broadway's Best Party, all to the sounds of such feel-good, sing-out-loud songs as "I Wanna Know What Love Is", "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "Wanted Dead Or Alive," "Here I Go Again", "Don't Stop Believin" and more.


The show opened on Broadway on April 7, 2009:


ROCK OF AGES Opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre


Amy Spanger and Constantine Maroulis


Amy Spanger and Constantine Maroulis


Amy Spanger and Constantine Maroulis


Amy Spanger and Constantine Maroulis


Amy Spanger and Constantine Maroulis


Amy Spanger and Constantine Maroulis


Mitchell Jarvis and Adam Dannheisser


Mitchell Jarvis


Mitchell Jarvis


Mitchell Jarvis


Mitchell Jarvis


Adam Dannheisser and Mitchell Jarvis


Adam Dannheisser and Mitchell Jarvis


Wesley Taylor and Constantine Maroulis


James Carpinello


Michele Mais


Michele Mais


Adam Dannheisser


Adam Dannheisser


Adam Dannheisser


Joel Hoekstra and the ROCK OF AGES Band!


Mitchell Jarvis


Adam Dannheisser


Adam Dannheisser


James Carpinello


James Carpinello


Joel Hoekstra and the ROCK OF AGES Band


Katherine Tokarz, Angel Reed, Andre Ward, Savannah Wise and Jeremy Woodard


Paul Schoeffler


Paul Schoeffler


Lauren Molina


Lauren Molina


Wesley Taylor


Wesley Taylor


Wesley Taylor


Michele Mais


Wesley Taylor and Michele Mais


James Carpinello


James Carpinello and Wesley Taylor


James Carpinello


Amy Spanger


Amy Spanger


Amy Spanger


Amy Spanger


Constantine Maroulis, James Carpinello, Amy Spanger and Adam Dannheisser


Adam Dannheisser, Lauren Molina, Paul Schoeffler, Constantine Maroulis, Amy Spanger and Wesley Taylor


Paul Schoeffler, Constantine Maroulis, James Carpinello, Amy Spanger, Wesley Taylor and Lauren Molina


Constantine Maroulis, James Carpinello and Amy Spanger


Constantine Maroulis, Amy Spanger and James Carpinello


Adam Dannheisser, Lauren Molina, Paul Schoeffler, Constantine Maroulis, James Carpinello and Amy Spanger


Constantine Maroulis, James Carpinello and Amy Spanger


Constantine Maroulis, Mitchell Jarvis and Amy Spanger


Constantine Maroulis and Amy Spanger


Adam Dannheisser, Constantine Maroulis and Amy Spanger


Adam Dannheisser, Constantine Maroulis and Amy Spanger


Joel Hoekstra and the ROCK OF AGES Band


Joel Hoekstra and the ROCK OF AGES Band


Joel Hoekstra


Amy Spanger


Adam Dannheisser, Mitchell Jarvis, Constantine Maroulis, Kristin Hanggi, Chris D'Arienzo, Kelly Devine and Amy Spanger


Joel Hoekstra and James Carpinello


The show was nominated for five Tony Awards in 2009, including Best Musical:


In September 2009, Kerry Butler and Tom Lenk joned the cast:


The cast of Rock of Ages


Tom Lenk, Lauren Molina, and Don Stephenson


Constantine Maroulis and Kerry Butler have their first rock bebe


Kerry Butler and Adam Dannheisser


Kerry Butler


Constantine Maroulis and Kerry Butler


Kerry Butler and the cast of Rock of Ages


Don Stephenson and Michele Mais


Tom Lenk


Adam Dannheisser


James Carpinello


Mitchell Jarvis


Constantine Maroulis and Kerry Butler


Kerry Butler


Constantine Maroulis


Constantine Maroulis and Kerry Butler


Adam Dannheisser gives Tom Lenk a little...pep...talk?


Kerry Butler


Mitchell Jarvis and Kerry Butler


The musical celebrated one year on Broadway in 2010:


And perfomed at Broadway in Bryant Park:


In Spring 2011, the show moved from the Brooks Atkinson to the Helen Hayes Theatre:


In summer 2011, it celebrated 1000 performances on Broadway:


Rock of Ages celebrates performance number 1000!


The cast of Rock of Ages


MiG Ayesa, Rebecca Faulkenberry, and Dan Domenech


Cody Scott Lancaster, Josephine Rose Roberts, and Mitchell Jarvis (photobomb by Jeremy Woodard)


Jeremy Woodard and Andre Ward


Michele Mais


Michele Mais


Jeremy Woodard and Mitchell Jarvis


Ericka Hunter, Andre Ward, and Jenifer Foote


Cutting the cake


In Spring 2012, Justin Matthew Sargent and Ashley Spencer joined the cast:


Jeremy Woodard, Ashley Spencer


Jeremy Woodard


Jeremy Woodard


Ashley Spencer and the cast of ROCK OF AGES


Ashley Spencer


Justin Matthew Sargent, Ashley Spencer


Justin Matthew Sargent


Justin Matthew Sargent


ROCK OF AGES Cast


ROCK OF AGES Cast


Then in 2013, Kate Rockwell, Joey Calveri & Teresa Stanley joined the company:


Kate Rockwell and Justin Matthew Sargent


Kate Rockwell


Cast of Rock of Ages


Justin Matthew Sargent


Kate Rockwell and Justin Matthew Sargent


Joey Calveri


Joey Calveri and cast


Kate Rockwell and Teresa Stanley


Cast of Rock of Ages


Genson Blimline and Adam Dannheisser


Kate Rockwell and Cast


Kate Rockwell and Justin Matthew Sargent


Cast of Rock of Ages


The musical celebrated five years on Broadway in 2014:


In August 2014, original cast member and Tony nominee Constantine Maorulis returned to play 'Drew':


Chester See, Frankie Grande & Lauren Zakrin joined the company on November 2014:


Chester See


Chester See


Cast of Rock of Ages


Constantine Maroulis


Cast of Rock of Ages


Frankie Grande


Constantine Maroulis, Lauren Zakrin


Cast of Rock of Ages


Lauren Zakrin, Constantine Maroulis


Lauren Zakrin


Chester See


Frankie Grande


Lauren Zakrin, Constantine Maroulis


Lauren Zakrin, Constantine Maroulis

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