Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

by  Chris D'Arienzo

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  7m, 10f

Rock of Ages takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award -nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others.

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Rock of Ages
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 10f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri, and the gang save the strip–and themselves–before it's too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, and more hold the answer.

Rock of Ages is ready to rock WORLDWIDE!
 

Rock of Ages is ready to rock HIGH SCHOOLS!



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Accolades

  • Nominated for Five Tony Awards Including Best Musical!

Reviews

“A seriously silly, absurdly enjoyable arena-rock musical...the performances blend sincere conviction and knowing parody. I never would have guessed that wine coolers could age this well!” – New York Times, Read More

“As the show opens with blinding lights, shredding guitars and hammer-handed drumming, even nonbelievers may start inhaling the Aqua Net and embracing their inner rocker.” – Variety, Read More

“Even doubters will be wiping tears from their Wayfarers. Rock of Ages is the power-ballad decade in all its glory, tricked out with big perms, bigger dreams, and the kind of operatic ecstasy you read about only in bathroom stalls.” – Entertainment Weekly, Read More

Check out the Opening night in Manchester! 

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Videos

  • TV Promo - Rock of Ages
  • Opening Night - Rock of Ages
  • Here I Go Again - Rock of Ages
  • Rock of Ages Tony Awards Medley
  • Rock of Ages Across the Country
  • Fan Promo - Rock of Ages
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Tours

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    The Bourbon Room, Hollywood, CA


Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Difficult
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

Just Like Paradise / Nothin' But A Good Time
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Sister Christian
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We Built This City / Too Much Time On My Hands
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Heaven / More Than Words / To Be With You
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Waiting For A Girl Like You
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I Want To Know What Love Is
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Cum On Feel The Noise / We're Not Gonna Take It (Reprise)
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Harden My Heart / Shadows Of The Night
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Here I Go Again
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The Final Countdown
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Any Way You Want It / I Wanna Rock (Reprise)
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High Enough
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I Hate Myself For Loving You / Heat Of The Moment
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Hit Me With Your Best Shot
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Can't Fight This Feeling
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Every Rose Has It's Thorn
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Oh Sherrie
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The Search Is Over
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Finale: Don't Stop Believin'
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Sample Track ROCK OF AGES Samphony
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Casting

7m, 10f
DREW - An appealing, good-guy rocker with great, easy comedic timing, a boyish charm, vulnerability, and a very strong rock tenor voice. Drew works at the legendary Bourbon Room hoping and waiting for his dreams to come true. He finds an instant attraction to Sherrie, the beautiful new arrival from the Midwest, who encourages him to go after his dreams.
SHERRIE - An in-shape, pretty, fresh faced, innocent Midwestern girl stepping right off the bus into a new world to pursue her dreams of stardom. Strong comedic timing, strong rock belt, good movement ability. Should be comfortable in revealing/skimpy clothing.
LONNY - The narrator of the piece, charming, mischievous, welcoming, vibrant personality; a guy who would be fun to spend one drunken night with. Strong, honest comedic timing/improv skills and strong rock vocals.
DENNIS DUPREE - Classic stoner type guy who runs the famous Bourbon Room club. Torn about whether he should sell the club to Hertz, a German businessman. Very strong comedic timing. A laid back, easy going dude real dude. Bari-tenor rock vocals.
STACEE JAXX/FATHER - A sexy rock star. Decided to leave his successful hair/metal-rock band to try it solo. Self important, confident intriguing in all the wrong ways, the ultimate bad boy; he is all about sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. Great strong comedic timing and strong rock tenor voice.
JUSTICE/MOTHER - African American female, strong presence, an easy sensuality about her; once a performer, she now operates a strip club where Sherrie winds up working. Takes on the maternal role for the girls that work for her. Strong, soulful vocals and belt needed.
HERTZ KLINEMANN - An attractive older German male. Uptight, cold, intimidating businessman trying to buy up the Strip to develop it. The bad guy of the piece. Strong comedic timing and baritone vocals.
FRANZ KLINEMANN - Hertz’s son, young German male. Works for his father but not by choice. Pressured and intimidated by his father. Shy, gentle with a big heart. Strong vocals and comedic timing.
REGINA - A fun, hippie type, in shape, earthy girl who fights against the attempted take over of The Strip. Strong comedic timing, belt vocal,s and comfortable in revealing/skimpy clothing.
MAYOR/JA'KEITH/ENSEMBLE - A strong character actor with good comedic timing to play numerous roles, strong rock tenor and strong dance/movement ability.
JOEY PRIMO/ENSEMBLE - A young male with the rocker sensibility, strong rock tenor and strong/dance/movement ability, possible US for Drew/Stacee.
FEMALE ENSEMBLE - Three of the sexiest female singer/dancers around. Sassy, in shape, beautiful. Must be comfortable in very skimpy/sexy clothing. Strong dancers proficient in  jazz and modern, comedic ability, and strong rock vocals. Will US principal roles.
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Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

1 Keyboard
17 Vocal/Chorus Books
17 Scripts
1 Data Disk (Containing Beaver Hunt Remix)

Guitar 1
Guitar 2
Bass
Drums

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Authors

Chris D'Arienzo

Chris created the five-time Tony-nominated musical “Rock Of Ages,” the 27th longest running show in Broadway history. Since its inception, “Rock Of Ages” has employed nearly 4,000 people with productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, 3 National Tours, the West End, as well as productions in Australia, Scandinavia, Toronto ...

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Rock of Ages opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 7, 2009. As of August 31, 2014, it is the 30th longest running show with 2168 performances.

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