'ROOMS A Rock Romance' Opens 3/16

Van Hill Entertainment and Red Griffin Media present the Off-Broadway premiere of ROOMS a rock romance, starring Leslie Kritzer and Doug Kreeger. Performances began Friday, February 27th at New World Stages/Stage 2 (340 West 50th Street). Opening Night is set for Monday March 16th.

ROOMS a rock romance has music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman with a book by Goodman and Miriam Gordon, and is directed by Scott Schwartz (Golda's Balcony, Bat Boy: The Musical, tick, tick... BOOM!, Jane Eyre).

ROOMS a rock romance begins in 1970s Glasgow where Monica, an ambitious singer/songwriter meets Ian, a reclusive rocker. The two quickly become entangled creatively and romantically. Their music takes them first to London and ultimately to New York City, where they discover the vibrant new music scene and create an intimate partnership, their love deepening while their personalities drive them apart. A five-piece band accompanies these two characters as they search for the balance between ambition and happiness.

Leslie Kritzer's Broadway credits include A Catered Affair (Drama Desk nomination), Legally Blonde (Clerence Derwent Award for Most Promising Performer) and Hairspray. She received critical acclaim and a Time Out New York Award for her sold-out Joe's Pub run of "Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone At Les Mouches" (a performance she repeated at The Plush Room in San Francisco). Off-Broadway and regional credits include The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Drama Desk nomination), Bat Boy, Godspell, Broadway: Three Generations (Kennedy Center), Born Yesterday, the world premiere of Vanities, Urinetown (National Tour), Evita, and an acclaimed Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. Ms. Kritzer recently starred as Hildy in On the Town for Encores! at City Center. She has performed at London's Royal Albert Hall as a guest soloist honoring Tim Rice and Alan Menken and can be heard on several cast recordings. Film credits include Love And Other Impossible Pursuits. Television credits include "3LBS" (CBS) and "Jason and Jessica"(HBO).

Doug Kreeger most recently appeared regionally in the world premiere production of Rooms: a rock romance, receiving rave reviews from every critic including the Washington Post and Variety. Before that he appeared as Chita Rivera's boy-toy in the highly anticipated, sold-out and critically lauded production of Signature Theatre's The Visit. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Doug attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and RADA in London. He recently appeared on Broadway in the original revival cast of Les Miserables (Jean Prouvaire - Marius u/s) and has toured internationally as Danny Zuko in Grease and Berger in Hair. Doug's performance as Richard Loeb in Off-Broadway's Thrill Me: The Leopold And Loeb Story was called "compelling" by both The New York Times and New York Post and "riveting" by Rex Reed in The New York Observer. He has performed regionally at Arkansas Rep, Barrington Stage, Bay Street Theatre, MetroStage, Geva Theatre, and The Old Globe. 

The choreographer of ROOMS a rock romance is Matt Williams, and music arrangements and orchestrations are by Jesse Vargas. Scenic design is by Adam Koch, costume design by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Herrick Goldman, and sound design by Jon Weston.

ROOMS a rock romance enjoyed its critically acclaimed World Premiere as a co-production between MetroStage in Alexandria, VA and Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY after a showcase as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) in 2005.

ROOMS a rock romance plays Monday, Wednesday through Friday evenings at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm and Sundays at 3pm and 7 pm. Tickets range from $10 to $69.50 (including $1.50 facility fee) and can be purchased at TeleCharge.com or by phone 212/239-6200. New World Stages/Stage 2 is located in the heart of the theater district at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues. For more information visit www.RoomsARockRomance.com.

Photo by Andrea Fishchman.

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