New World Stages cast of Rock of Ages will include original Broadway star Mitchell Jarvis
Rock of Ages is set to play a limited summer engagement at New World Stages from June 19 to September 29, 2019.
They built this city on rock and roll! Casting has now been announced for the New York return of the five-time Tony Award-nominated musical Rock of Ages which is scheduled to be mounted as a special 10th Anniversary production at New World Stages, as previously announced. The limited engagement will run from June 19 through September 29, 2019.
The cast includes original Broadway star Mitchell Jarvis, last seen on the Great White Way in the Broadway premiere of Gettin' The Band Back Together, reprising his role of Lonny alongside CJ Eldred (as Drew), Kirsten Scott (as Sherrie), PJ Griffith (as Stacee Jaxx), Matt Ban (as Dennis), Dane Biren (as Franz), Tiffany Engen (as Regina), Tom Galantich (as Hertz), and Jeannette Bayardelle (as Justice/Mother).
Ensemble members include Ashley En-Fu Matthews, Leah Reed, Michael Mahany, Mekhai Lee, Kevin Michael Raponey, Justin Colombo, Autumn Guzzardi, and Katie Webber, who also featured in the Broadway company.
Synopsis: "Rock of Ages is set to the greatest rock anthems and power ballads of the 80s, like you’ve never heard them before. Featuring such hits as “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “I Wanna Know What Love Is,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Here I Go Again,” “Don’t Stop Believin'” and many more."
The production re-unites the original Broadway creative team, including Tony-nominated director Kristin Hanggi and recent Olivier Award-winning choreographer Kelly Devine. Scenic design is by Beowulf Boritt, costume design is by Gregory Gale, lighting design is by Jason Lyons, sound design is by Peter Hylenski, and projection design is by Zachary Borovay.
Rock of Ages, which features a book by Chris D’Arienzo, opened on Broadway on April 7, 2009, and enjoyed an impressive six-year run of 2,350 performances. It originally premiered in January 2006 at The Vanguard Hollywood nightclub in Los Angeles, later moving to The Flamingo in Las Vegas in May 2006. Rather fittingly, the musical was first staged in New York (ahead of its Broadway transfer) in October 2008 at New World Stages, the home of this 10th Anniversary production.
The 10th Anniversary production is produced by Michael Cohl/S2BN Entertainment in association with Barry Habib, Scott Prisand/Seth Fass, Tony Smith, and Randi Zuckerberg/ Mara Burros-Sandler.
Rock of Ages Tickets are on sale now for performances from June 19 through to September 29, 2019.
(Photo by Joan Marcus)