PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Kate Rockwell and Rock of Ages Stars Pick Favorite Songs From the ROA "Cutting Room Floor"
15 May 2013
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 Playbill.com'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, Playbill.com 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.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.