Foster, Gass and Thorell to Star in Rock of Ages Readings

News   Foster, Gass and Thorell to Star in Rock of Ages Readings Hunter Foster, Clarke Thorell and Kyle Gass — Jack Black's partner in the band Tenacious D — will star in two by-invitation-only readings of the '80s rock jukebox musical Rock of Ages on March 14 and 15. As previously announced, the show is seeking a producing partner for its planned fall Off-Broadway bow.

The cast for the readings also includes Molly Callinan, Brian M. Golub, Nicolette Hart (The Wedding Singer, Rent), Michele Mais, Anastacia McCleskey (Tarzan), Michael Minarik, Josh Prince (Saturday Night Fever), James Snyder ("She’s The Man"), Frank C. Thompson, Gerry Vichi (Annie Get Your Gun, How To Succeed…) and Patty Wortham (The Groundlings).

The jukebox musical, set in a rock club circa 1987, includes songs from artists such as Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Foreigner, Poison, Night Ranger, Twisted Sister, Asia, Whitesnake and Pat Benetar.

The musical is written by Chris D'Arienzo, directed by Kristin Hanggi and conceived and produced by Carl Levin and Matthew Weaver. The cable channel VH1 Classic is a producing partner on the show and will provide promotional support for the Off-Broadway run.

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.

Rock of Ages began its world premiere Jan. 26, 2006, and ran for four weeks at the Vanguard in Los Angeles, where the cast included Gass and Laura Bell Bundy, who is now preparing to take the lead in Legally Blonde on Broadway. The show also ran at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino May 13-20, 2006. Foster was nominated for a Tony Award for Little Shop of Horrors and has also starred on Broadway in The Producers, Urinetown, Les Misérables and Footloose. Thorell was the original Corny Collins in Hairspray and also starred in The Who's Tommy and Titanic.