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Rock & Roll Man Tickets

Discover the man who took a chance on the biggest hits in rock and roll history.
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Rock & Roll Man Tickets

About Rock & Roll Man

Discover the untold story behind one of rock and roll's most trailblazing figures in this new Off-Broadway musical packed with iconic rock hits. Get Rock & Roll Man tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

The Rock & Roll Man musical centers on Alan Freed, one of the most prominent radio DJs of the 1950s. Rock fans today may not know his name — although he's a Hollywood Walk of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee — but they likely know the artists whose careers he launched by playing their songs: Jerry Lee Lewis's "Great Balls of Fire," Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti," and Nina Simone's “I Put A Spell On You,” to name just a few.

He was the first white DJ to play music by Black artists on mainstream radio, and he furthered the careers of both white and Black artists by promoting their concerts, finding them national audiences, and allowing them to perform alongside each other for the first time.

Financial scandal led to the swift end of Freed's career in the 1960s, and Rock & Roll Man covers his highs, lows, and everything in between. In a dream during the last day of Freed's life, J. Edgar Hoover, Little Richard, and various other figures stage a courtroom battle over how Freed's legacy should be remembered.

Rock & Roll Man premiered in Massachusetts in 2019, winning the Broadway World Berkshires Award for Best Musical. The show features original songs by Gary Kupper alongside a host of historic rock hits that Freed popularized, allowing audiences to enjoy something new while letting them rock out to all their favorite oldies.

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Run time

2 hours 20 mins (incl. intermission)

Start date

June 2nd, 2023

End date

September 1st, 2023

Categories

Age

7+

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811 Reviews

chris_

chris_

295 Reviews | 104 Followers
80
Fun, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if you enjoy slick bio-jukebox musicals

Don’t see it if you are looking for something fresh - def seem this before, but it is a well done version on a smaller stage.

XS2211

XS2211

314 Reviews | 187 Followers
83
Nostalgic jukebox, Tricky angle, Informative, Great staging, Great singing

See it if 2 acts 2hrs + of brilliant early rock&roll classics; how a DJ started to mix both black & white singers on tour; I didn’t know this person..

Don’t see it if Now I have respect for him, want to know more. Leads are Broadway veterans, flawless singing/dancing. Could fall into “white savior” trap.

Tatyana G

Tatyana G

291 Reviews | 88 Followers
82
Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Just go and enjoy the music and the vibe of the naive bygone days. Good performance by all. Energetic dancing. Perfect musicians and singers

Don’t see it if If you expect super plot - do not go. 2 or 3 dirty jokes affect your hearing. Elevators did not work, but show is on the lowest level

nancykasz

nancykasz

167 Reviews | 56 Followers
84
Relevant, Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Tells the little-known story of a flawed but important DJ, Al Freed, who helped popularize early rock and roll, R&B to integrated audiences,

Don’t see it if Not interested in American history, early rock & roll, & the battle for integration on radio stations. A couple of swear words.

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Rock & Roll Man cast and creative team

By: Gary Kupper, Larry Marshak, Rose Caiola
Songs by: Various artists including Little Richard, Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins; original songs by Gary Kupper
Director: Randall Myler
Choreographer: Stephanie Klemons
Cast list: Constantine Maroulis (as Alan Freed), Joe Pantoliano (as Morris Levy/Leo Mintz), Bob Ari (as Hoover), Rodrick Covington (as Little Richard), Valisia Lekae (as LaVern Baker), Jamonte D. Bruten, Andy Christopher, AJ Davis, Autumn Guzzardi, Anna Hertel, Matthew Morgan, Dominque Scott, Eric B. Turner
Design: Timothy R. Mackabee
Costumes: Leon Dobkowski
Lighting: Matthew Richards and Aja M. Jackson
Sound: Ed Chapman
Other info: Projection design by Christopher Ash, musical direction by Dave Keyes, music supervision and arrangements by Keyes and Gary Kupper, orchestrations and dance arrangements by Kenny Seymour

Venue

340 West 50th Street, New York, NY, United States, 10019

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible

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