ABN founding member MiG Ayesa stars as “Stacee Jaxx” in the 1st US National Tour of ROCK OF AGES which opened in Chicago last night, 21 September, 2010 at the Bank Of America Theatre to a full capacity crowd. MiG was joined by Tony Award Nominee, Constantine Maroulis who left the Broadway production for the tour. Mitchell Jarvis, who created the role of “Lonny” on Broadway and is currently playing the role of “Stacee Jaxx” in the New York production, stepped into replace Patrick Lewallan, who had been cast as Lonny for the tour, while he recovers from laryngitis. Lewallen is expected to make a full recovery and join the show in a few days.
The rest of the cast includes Nick Cordero as “Dennis”, Rebecca Faulkenberry as “Sherrie”, Teresa Stanley as “Justice”, Casey Tuma as “Regina”, Bret Tuomi as “Hertz” and Travis Walker as “Franz”. The ensemble comprises Angela Brydon, Joey Calveri, Daniel Luis Domenech, Lindsay Janisse, Sean Jenness, Holly Laurent, Lauralynn McClelland, Rashad Naylor, Josh Sassanella and Erika Shannon.
The Rock of Ages tour reunites original director, Tony nominee Kristin Hanggi, and choreographer Kelly Devine. The musical was penned by Chris D’Arienzo and features music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.
The design team includes Beowulf Boritt (scenic design), Gregory Gale (costume design), Jason Lyons (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design) and Zachary Borovay (projection design).
Featuring a score compiled of hits from the 1980s, including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn,” “Oh, Sherrie” and “We Built This City,” Rock of Agesoriginally premiered Off-Broadway at New World Stages in October 2008. The musical transferred to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway in March 2009, earning five Tony nominations including Best Musical, Best Direction, and Best Actor for Maroulis. The musical continues to play the Atkinson.
Here’s how producers bill Rock of Ages: “In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer — and in L.A.’s most legendary rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ’80s. It’s Rock of Ages, a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more. Don’t miss this awesomely good time where big hair meets big dreams and the result totally wails.”
Rock of Ages is produced on tour by Matthew Weaver, Carl Levin, Jeff Davis, Barry Habib, Scott Prisand, Janet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver, Relativity Media and The Araca Group.
The production will play Chicago through to 3 October, when it then moves to Boston and then continue around the USA.