"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Star Tom Lenk to Join Broadway's Rock of Ages

News   "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Star Tom Lenk to Join Broadway's Rock of Ages
 
Tom Lenk, who portrayed Andrew on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," will make his Broadway debut next month.

Tom Lenk
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Entertainment Weekly reports that Lenk will step into the role of Franz, the part created by Wesley Taylor, Sept. 14.

Lenk originated this role in the Los Angeles and Las Vegas productions of the Tony-nominated musical. Rock of Ages will mark the actor's Broadway debut.

As previously announced, Tony nominee Kerry Butler begins performance as Sherri Sept. 21. Butler will play six performances a week; the role's understudy will play the part for both Sunday performances.

Rock of Ages premiered on Broadway March 17 and officially opened April 7 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Kristin Hanggi directs the Tony-nominated production that was penned by Chris D'Arienzo and features choreography by Kelly Devine and music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.

The Rock cast also features Constantine Maroulis as Drew, James Carpinello (Saturday Night Fever, VH1's "So NoTORIous") as Stacee Jaxx, Mitch Jarvis (Fiddler on the Roof) as Lonny and Don Stephenson as Hertz. The company includes Adam Dannheisser (The Coast of Utopia, Twelfth Night), Michele Mais (Roza), Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd), Ericka Hunter (Flower Drum Song, 42nd Street), Jeremy Jordan (Little Dog Laughed tour), Michael Minarik (Les Miserables), Angel Reed (Saturday Night Fever tour), Bahiyah Sayyed-Gaines (Pal Joey, The Color Purple), Katherine Tokarz (White Christmas, A Chorus Line), Andre Ward (Xanadu, The Producers), Tad Wilson (The Full Monty) and Jeremy Woodard (Glory Days).

The onstage band, ARSENAL, comprises music director/keyboardist Henry Aronson, lead guitarist Joel Hoekstra, drummer Jon Weber, bassist Winston Roye and guitar player Tommy Kessler.

"In 1987 on the Sunset Strip," Rock of Ages production notes state, "a small town girl met a big city rocker and in L.A.'s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the '80s. . . . [The musical is] an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more."

The Brooks Atkinson Theatre is located in Manhattan at 256 West 47th Street. For tickets call (212) 307-4100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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