PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Kate Rockwell and Rock of Ages Stars Pick Favorite Songs From the ROA "Cutting Room Floor"

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15 May 2013

Justin Matthew Sargent and Kate Rockwell
Justin Matthew Sargent and Kate Rockwell
Photo by Paul Kolnik

Kate Rockwell, who stars as Sherrie in Broadway's jukebox rock musical Rock of Ages, and members from the current cast of that Tony Award-nominated Best Musical pick their favorite songs that landed on the ROA "Cutting Room Floor" as part of's Playbill Playlist series.

"There is no reason why any of these tunes should have been in Rock of Ages, but having come of age (fancy way of saying 'started doing it') in the 80s, they are the songs that strike me right in the heart — and groin area — whenever I hear them," said Adam Dannheisser, who plays Dennis in Rock of Ages.

Here, asked Rockwell, Dannheisser, Genson Blimline (Lonny), Justin Matthew Sargent (Drew) and Joey Calveri (Stacee Jaxx) to pick their favorite 1980s classic rock hits that are not featured in the Broadway musical — but could be — and why they made the list.

The musical comedy Rock of Ages borrows rock hits of the 1980s to tell the story of showbiz lovers in L.A. The score includes "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "I Wanna Know What Love Is," "Here I Go Again," "Don't Stop Believin'" and more.

The musical, which was nominated for five 2009 Tony Awards, is written by Chris D'Arienzo, directed by Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine.

Rock of Ages plays Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre at 240 W 44th Street. Visit


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