'80s Rock Jukebox Musical Rock of Ages Aiming for Fall Off-Broadway Bow

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The 1980s rock musical "Rock of Ages" aims to open Off-Broadway in the fall, with the cable channel VH1 Classic as a producing partner, Variety reports.

The jukebox musical, set in a fictional club on L.A.'s Sunset Strip in the 1980s, contains songs such as "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey, "I Wanna Know What Love Is" by Foreigner and "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benetar. Private readings of the show will take place this week, as the show seeks another producing partner.

"Rock of Ages" ran for four weeks in L.A. in early 2006 at the Vanguard Hollywood, where the cast included Laura Bell Bundy, who is now preparing to take the lead in Legally Blonde on Broadway; and Kyle Gass, Jack Black's partner in the band Tenacious D. The show also ran for a week at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in May 2006.

The show is written by Chris D'Arienzo, directed by Kristin Hanggi and conceived and produced by Carl Levin and Matthew Weaver.

Other producers include Janet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver and Marcos Siega. Executive producers are John Scher and David Gale, the executive vice president of new media at MTV Networks, a division of Viacom that is the umbrella for MTV, VH1, VH1 Classic and other stations.

MTV Networks will provide about $1 million in promotional and marketing support for the show. VH1 Classic and possibly other stations will air specials and other show-related programming.

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