PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: On the Road With Messiah Rocks' Mike Eldred, Marty Thomas and Ramona Keller

Photos   PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: On the Road With Messiah Rocks' Mike Eldred, Marty Thomas and Ramona Keller
 
Broadway regulars Marty Thomas, Mike Eldred and Ramona Keller are currently touring the country as the lead vocalists in Handel's Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise, a rockin' contemporary re-conception of the classic work.

Thomas (Xanadu) sings the Baritone role, with Eldred (Les Miserables, The Civil War) as the Tenor and Keller (Smokey Joe's Café; Caroline, or Change) as the Woman. The tour incorporates a local choir for each of its stops.

As the tour bus full of singers, musicians and crew prepared for its Houston engagement last week, Eldred brought out his camera to offer Playbill.com an exclusive look at life on the road.

Eldred takes us onto the bus and into the theatre with this in-depth photo journal:

Messiah Rocks, according to NETworks, promises "visual effects, thrilling songs, an orchestra, rock band, adult and children's choirs and some of the most powerful voices in stage and screen." Among the songs featured are "Overture," "Comfort Ye," "He'll Come in Glory," "He is Fire" and "Hallelujah."

NETworks is presenting the tour of Messiah Rocks, which was adapted by Jason Howland (Little Women) and features a libretto adapted by Dani Davis. Davis also serves as director of the three-part, 90-minute oratorio.  

The contemporary concept is based on the original 18th-century work by George Frederick Handel, which has a libretto by Charles Jennens.

The Messiah Rocks tour itinerary follows:

 

Wilmington, DE (Dec. 7-12)
Williamsport, PA (Dec. 13)
Toledo, OH (Dec. 14)
Mississauga, ON (Dec. 16-17)
Wiles-Barre, PA (Dec. 18)
Newark, NJ (Dec. 19)
Schenectady, NY (Dec. 21)
Hershey, PA (Dec. 22-23)

A PBS special and cast album features Tony Award-winning actress LaChanze (The Color Purple, Once On This Island) and Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer (Next to Normal, Jersey Boys). The recording earned two Emmy Awards.

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