Photo Coverage: Rockers on Broadway Backstage

By: Oct. 24, 2007

The "Rockers on Broadway" concert returned this year with the latest edition - "Rockers on Broadway Salutes Motown" at BB King Blues Club & Grill (237 West 42nd Street) on Monday, October 22 at 8PM.

Returning as host was actress/comedian Caroline Rhea (TV's "The Biggest Loser") who shared the stage with a line of legendary rockers and some of the biggest names working on Broadway today.  The evening, directed by Jersey Boys cast member Donnie Kehr and choreographed by Wayne Cilento (Wicked) and Kelly Devine (Jersey Boys) feature performances by legends Darlene Love (Hairspray) and La La Brooks (Hair), Micky Dolenz from The Monkees, the "original pop princess" Deborah Gibson, singer songwriter Kate Taylor, from Jersey Boys - J. Robert Spencer and 2006 Tony winner Christian Hoff, Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens), Grammy nominated Tevin Campbell (Hairspray), Tony nominee Daphne Rubin Vega (Rent) , Krisha Marcano (The Color Purple), Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling, Renee Elise Goldsberry (The Color Purple, The Lion King), Will Chase (High Fidelity, The Full Monty), Michael Lanning (The Civil War, Trans Siberian Orchestra), Kris Coleman (Jersey Boys), John Eric Parker (All Shook Up, Rent) and Anika Ellis (The Color Purple, Sweet Charity).

This edition of "Rockers on Broadway" also included a special appearance by the legendary Motown songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland ("Heat Wave", "How Sweet It Is", "Where Did Our Love Go?") joined by Broadway vet, writer Rupert Holmes (Curtains), who are currently collaborators on the new musical The First Wives Club

Rockers on Broadway was founded by Donnie Kehr in 1993 during the Broadway run of The Who's Tommy, in which he appeared. Inspired by an idea from Pete Townshend, he wanted to give musical theatre performers the opportunity to experience the feeling of singing with a rock band in a concert style venue, so they could understand and transfer the rawness of that edge to the stage. For more info visit


Photos by Linda Lenzi

Donnie Kehr

Donnie Kehr and Michael Longoria

Daphne Rubin Vega

Frank Conway and Daphne Rubin Vega

Rupert Holmes and Donnie Kehr

Deborah Gibson

Donnie Kehr and Myles Mancuso

TyRick Jones, Dominic Nolfi, Tommar Wilson, Michael Longoria and Travis Cloer

Greg Reuter, Thomas Cannizzaro, Clarke Thorell and Mitchell Jarvis

Daphne Rubin Vega and John Eric Patrick

Jackie Martling, Michael Lanning and J. Robert Spencer

MiLes Johnson, Darlene Love, John Eric Patrick and C.E. Smith

TyRick Jones, Dominic Nolfi, Michael Longoria, Travis Cloer and Tommar Wilson

Christian Hoff, Mike Kehr and Donnie Kehr

Myles Mancuso and Genesis Velazquez

Daphne Rubin Vega, RAndy Jones, Caroline Rhea, Christian Hoff and J. Robert Spencer

Caroline Rhea and Christian Hoff

Michael Lanning, Jamie deRoy and Larry Gatlin

RAndy Jones and Daphne Rubin Vega

Will Chase and Caroline Rhea

The Who's Tommy reunion Clarke Thorell, Donnie Kehr and Christian Hoff

Tommar Wilson, Dominic Nolfi, Deborah Gibson, Travis Cloer and Michael Longoria

Kris Coleman, Ashanti J'Aria and Destan Owens

Cori Gardner, Caroline Rhea and Jeremy Schonfeld

Cori Gardner, Caroline Rhea, Jeremy Schonfeld and Donnie Kehr

Donnie Kehr, Bobby McGuire, RAndy Jones and Frank Conway

Christine Ebersole and Donnie Kehr

Christine Ebersole and Russ Titelman

Christine Ebersole

Donnie KehrMichael Lanning and Micky Dolenz

Travis Cloer, Jackie Martling and Dominic Nolfi

Jeremy Schonfeld and Jay Leslie

Darlene Love and Jay Leslie

Anika Ellis, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Krisha Marcano

Gabrielle Porter, Eliseo Roman and Michelle Kinney

Michael Lanning, Beth Sheinis, Donnie Kehr, Cousin Bruce Morrow

La La Brooks, Deborah Gibson, Cousin Bruce Morrow, Kate Taylor and Darlene Love

La La Brooks, Cousin Bruce Morrow and Darlene Love

Dennis Stowe and Michael McElroy

Daphne Rubin Vega and Destan Owens

Christian Hoff and Deborah Gibson

TyRick Jones, Christian Hoff, Deborah Gibson, Michael Longoria, Travis Cloer, Dominic Nolfi and Tommar Wilson

Christian Hoff and J. Robert Spencer at "Rockers on Broadway" after finishing a performance at Carnegie Hall with the Young Peoples' Chorus at The New York Pops

Christian Hoff, Myles Mancuso and J. Robert Spencer

Kate Taylor and Jeremy Schonfeld

Rupert Holmes and Donnie Kehr

Deborah Gibson, Caroline Rhea, Clarke Thorell

Jackie Martling, Daphne Rubin Vega and Micky Dolenz

Jeremy Schonfeld and Michael Lanning

Mitchell Jarvis, Deborah Gibson and Greg Reuter

Darlene Love and Deborah Gibson

Michael Longoria and Kelly Divine

Micky Dolenz and Clarke Thorell

Kris Coleman, Micky Dolenz and Cousin Bruce Morrow

Caroline Rhea and Daphne Rubin Vega

Joshua Henry, Monroe Kent and Kris Coleman

Joshua Henry, Daphne Rubin Vega, Monroe Kent and Kris Coleman

Joshua Henry, Yolanda Culler, Monroe Kent and Kris Coleman


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