Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story

$40 - $75

Rock and Roll Man uncovers the true story of Alan Freed - the Father of Rock and Roll. It's the 1950s and a cocky young DJ discovers the music that all America wants to hear - except no radio station will play it. Through guts, grit, and ingenuity, Alan perseveres and unearths music for a new generation. Featuring original songs and classic tunes by legends like Little Richard, Frankie Lymon and Screaming Jay Hawkins, this world premiere will have audiences rocking around the clock!

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Bucks County Playhouse

(New Hope, PA, )
70 S. Main St.
New Hope, PA,
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by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017
On September 6, members of the cast of 'Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story' held a special preview for the press at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. BroadwayWorld has photos from the event below!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2017
A bevy of New York talent and Broadway producers mingled with guests in New Hope, PA, during the cast party held at Hotel du Village following the opening night performance of 'Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story', a Caiola Production, making its world premiere at Bucks County Playhouse through October 1, 2017. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017
'Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story' is making its world premiere at Bucks County Playhouse through October 1, 2017. The high energy musical drama stars Tony-nominee Alan Campbell ('Sunset Blvd.') as Alan Freed and multiple-Emmy nominee George Wendt (Norm from 'Cheers') as J. Edgar Hoover. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017
The Second City and Gilda's Club Chicago celebrated a once in a lifetime evening at the comedy institution's iconic Mainstage theater during a star-studded benefit, I Can't Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt. More than 230 guests dined, drank and donated while being entertained by a raucous panel of roasters and special guests that concluded with a surprise appearance by Chris Rock.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2017
The Bucks County Playhouse presents THE NEW WORLD, with music by Gary Adler, lyrics by Phoebe Kreutz, and book by Regina Decicco & L.F. Turner, directed by Stafford Arima, with choreography by Lorin Latarro. Performances begin November 7 and run through December 2, 2017.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2017
NETworks Presentations has announced casting for the Boston engagement of ELF THE MUSICAL.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2017
NETworks Presentations has announced casting for the New York engagement of ELF THE MUSICAL. The show will play from December 13 through December 29 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2017
The outrageous new 80's horror comedy rock musical from the twisted mind of Hudson Valley native, Sean Matthew Whiteford (Book, Music & Lyrics), is BACK! Recently coming off sold-out performances at New York City's 54 Below & The Cutting Room, GIRLFRIEND FROM HELL: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious homage to the best worst 80s movies, and a wild night you won't soon forget!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2017
Pilgrims wash ashore in Massachusetts - turning North American life on its ear - in the world premiere production of the new musical comedy, 'The New World.' Performances begin tonight, November 7, and run through December 2, with an official opening on November 11 at 7:30 pm.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2017
NETworks Presentations has announced casting for the Boston engagement of ELF THE MUSICAL.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2017
One of the most beloved Christmas stories ever written takes on a decidedly New Hope twist when Buck County Playhouse premieres the new comedy, Ebenezer Scrooge's Big Playhouse Christmas Show, December 8 through December 31.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2019
Bucks County Playhouse has announced the world premiere production of the new musical adventure, a?oeOther World.a?? The musical will begin performances at the Playhouse on March 13, 2020 and run through April 11, 2020, with an official opening night on March 28.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2017
What do you do when the leading man of a world premiere musical suffers an injury less than 48 hours before the first preview? For Bucks County Playhouse, the answer was simple: Call Justin Guarini.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2017
Pilgrims wash ashore in Massachusetts turning North American life on its ear in the world premiere production of the new musical comedy, The New World. Performances began November 7 and run through December 2, with an official opening on November 11 at 7:30 pm.
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2018
A classic tap-happy musical and a new production of a legendary Broadway comedy are highlights of Bucks County Playhouse's 2018 Season. Executive Producer Robyn Goodman, Producing Director Alexander Fraser and Producers Stephen Kocis and Josh Fiedler announced details of the season, which will kick off at the historic Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania on May 19.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2018
A classic tap-happy musical and a new production of a legendary Broadway comedy are highlights of Bucks County Playhouse's 2018 Season. Executive Producer Robyn Goodman, Producing Director Alexander Fraser and Producers Stephen Kocis and Josh Fiedler announced details of the season, which will kick off at the historic Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania on May 19.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2019
The Berkshire Theatre Group cast of Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story had their first read through earlier this week in New York City! Rock and Roll Man is being presented by Berkshire Theatre Group, in association with five-time Tony Award-Winning Caiola Productions (Once on this Island, Dear Evan Hansen, The Color Purple, All The Way, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf). Rock and Roll Man has a book by Gary Kupper, Larry Marshak and Rose Caiola, with original music and lyrics by Gary Kupper.
by Alan Henry - Jun 26, 2017
BroadwayWorld has exclusively learned that Elena Shaddow (The Bridges of Madison County), Lesli Margherita (Olivier Award Winner for Matilda), Lenny Wolpe (The Drowsy Chaperone), Darius de Haas (Shuffle Along), and Ruth Gottschall (Mary Poppins) will take to the stage in Buck County Playhouse's GUYS AND DOLLS.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2019
Berkshire Theatre Group presents Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017
Bucks County Playhouse has announced the world premiere production of a new musical, 'Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story.' The musical will begin performances on September 12 and run through October 1, with an official opening night on September 16.
by Marc Savitt - Jul 9, 2019
There is a lot to like packed into this production directed by Randal Myler. The action is well paced and well-staged. The use of turntables, tiering, and scrims are particularly effective elements of the scenic design by Tim Mackabee. The choreography by Brian Reeder, and costumes designed by Leon Dobkowski present a feast for the eyes. The entire 19-members of the cast deliver in acting, singing, and dancing. It would be an oversight not to call out the performance of Richard Crandle. His portrayal of Little Richard is brassy, sassy, and all kinds of Woooooooo. The audience is noticeably energized when Crandle is on stage and few wish he would 'shet-up' as if that were even remotely possible.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2017
BroadwayWorld has a first look at Bucks County Playhouse's GUYS AND DOLLS! Check out the photos of the cast in action below!
by Marc Savitt - Jul 14, 2019
The impetus behind ROCK AND ROLL MAN: THE ALAN FREED STORY was not the Freed family. Gary Kupper was approached by Larry Marshak, with whom he had worked for many years, about a third party's desire to do a story about Alan Freed as a 'jukebox musical'. The intention was that Kupper might be able to write a couple of songs for the piece. Kupper realized that Freed's story is a classic one. A rise and fall and then redemption story that can't be told as a jukebox musical because Alan Freed wasn't a singer. He feels that a jukebox musical would have cheated the story. This is the story of this man, and the story of Rock-and-Roll. That notion gave birth to the 'book musical'. In 2011, Kupper started writing original songs and sometime later, the team started writing the script. Freed's son, Lance, stepped-in and helped to secure the rights to the Rock-and-Roll classics. They have combined the music of the era with storytelling. They admit it's both risky and tricky and has never really been done to the extent that it is in this show. Thirty to thirty-five original songs were written, most of which were thrown out. A little more than a dozen are in the current iteration of the show.
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 13, 2017
BroadwayWorld got a special preview of the upcoming production of GUYS AND DOLLS at the Bucks County Playhouse! Check out the rehearsal highlights below!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2019
The Off-Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold the next event in its Seminars series focused on the Off-Broadway producing process on Saturday, March 9, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2017
One of the most beloved Christmas stories ever written takes on a decidedly New Hope twist when Buck County Playhouse premieres the new comedy, 'Ebenezer Scrooge's Big Playhouse Christmas Show,' tonight, December 8, through December 31.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2018
Berkshire Theatre Group (Kate Maguire, Artistic Director/CEO) in association with five-time Tony Award-winning Caiola Productions (Once on this Island, Dear Evan Hansen, The Color Purple, All The Way, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf) presents Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story, directed by Tony Award-nominee Randal Myler (It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues) at The Colonial Theatre as part of their 2019 Summer Season. The production is in development for a Broadway run and a national tour.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2017
NETworks Presentations presents the New York engagement of Elf The Musical. The show will play from tonight, December 13, through December 29 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2017
'Guys and Dolls', the classic Broadway musical, brings a veteran Broadway cast to New Hope, PA at the historic Bucks County Playhouse through August 12, 2017. Executive Producer Robyn Goodman, Producing Director Alexander Fraser and Producers Stephen Kocis and Josh Fiedler are proud that this is the largest production since the reopening of Bucks County Playhouse in 2012. The 2017 Bucks County Playhouse Season is sponsored by Bank of America.