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

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:

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
ROCK OF AGES Opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Amy Spanger and Constantine Maroulis

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Amy Spanger and Constantine Maroulis

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Amy Spanger and Constantine Maroulis

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Amy Spanger and Constantine Maroulis

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Amy Spanger and Constantine Maroulis

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Amy Spanger and Constantine Maroulis

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Mitchell Jarvis and Adam Dannheisser

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

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

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

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Adam Dannheisser and Mitchell Jarvis

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Adam Dannheisser and Mitchell Jarvis

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Wesley Taylor and Constantine Maroulis

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

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

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

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

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

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Joel Hoekstra and the ROCK OF AGES Band!

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

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

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

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

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Joel Hoekstra and the ROCK OF AGES Band

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Katherine Tokarz, Angel Reed, Andre Ward, Savannah Wise and Jeremy Woodard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Wesley Taylor and Michele Mais

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
James Carpinello and Wesley Taylor

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

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

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

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

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Constantine Maroulis, James Carpinello, Amy Spanger and Adam Dannheisser

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Adam Dannheisser, Lauren Molina, Paul Schoeffler, Constantine Maroulis, Amy Spanger and Wesley Taylor

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Paul Schoeffler, Constantine Maroulis, James Carpinello, Amy Spanger, Wesley Taylor and Lauren Molina

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Constantine Maroulis, James Carpinello and Amy Spanger

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Constantine Maroulis, Amy Spanger and James Carpinello

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Adam Dannheisser, Lauren Molina, Paul Schoeffler, Constantine Maroulis, James Carpinello and Amy Spanger

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Constantine Maroulis, James Carpinello and Amy Spanger

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Constantine Maroulis, Mitchell Jarvis and Amy Spanger

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Constantine Maroulis and Amy Spanger

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Adam Dannheisser, Constantine Maroulis and Amy Spanger

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Adam Dannheisser, Constantine Maroulis and Amy Spanger

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Joel Hoekstra and the ROCK OF AGES Band

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Joel Hoekstra and the ROCK OF AGES Band

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

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Adam Dannheisser, Mitchell Jarvis, Constantine Maroulis, Kristin Hanggi, Chris D'Arienzo, Kelly Devine and Amy Spanger

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
The cast of Rock of Ages

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Tom Lenk, Lauren Molina, and Don Stephenson

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Constantine Maroulis and Kerry Butler have their first rock bebe

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Kerry Butler and Adam Dannheisser

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Constantine Maroulis and Kerry Butler

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Kerry Butler and the cast of Rock of Ages

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Don Stephenson and Michele Mais

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

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

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

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Constantine Maroulis and Kerry Butler

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

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Constantine Maroulis and Kerry Butler

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Adam Dannheisser gives Tom Lenk a little...pep...talk?

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

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Rock of Ages celebrates performance number 1000!

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
The cast of Rock of Ages

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
MiG Ayesa, Rebecca Faulkenberry, and Dan Domenech

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Cody Scott Lancaster, Josephine Rose Roberts, and Mitchell Jarvis (photobomb by Jeremy Woodard)

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Jeremy Woodard and Andre Ward

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

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Jeremy Woodard and Mitchell Jarvis

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Ericka Hunter, Andre Ward, and Jenifer Foote

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


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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Jeremy Woodard, Ashley Spencer

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

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Ashley Spencer and the cast of ROCK OF AGES

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Justin Matthew Sargent, Ashley Spencer

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

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

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

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


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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Kate Rockwell and Justin Matthew Sargent

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Cast of Rock of Ages

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Kate Rockwell and Justin Matthew Sargent

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Joey Calveri and cast

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Kate Rockwell and Teresa Stanley

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Cast of Rock of Ages

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Genson Blimline and Adam Dannheisser

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Kate Rockwell and Cast

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Kate Rockwell and Justin Matthew Sargent

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

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

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Cast of Rock of Ages

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Cast of Rock of Ages

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Constantine Maroulis, Lauren Zakrin

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Cast of Rock of Ages

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Lauren Zakrin, Constantine Maroulis

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

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

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

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Lauren Zakrin, Constantine Maroulis

BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!
Lauren Zakrin, Constantine Maroulis

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