Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story Musical Will Debut at Pittsfield's Colonial Theatre | Playbill

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Regional News Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story Musical Will Debut at Pittsfield's Colonial Theatre The story of the DJ who coined "rock and roll" is brought to life in a new production from Berkshire Theatre Group.
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Berkshire Theatre Group teams up with Tony-winning Caiola Productions (Once On This Island, Dear Evan Hansen) to present Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story, a new musical detailing the rise of legendary disc jockey Alan Freed, this summer. With aims for Broadway and a national tour, the Randal Myler-helmed production will play BTG's Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield beginning in June 2019.

Rock and Roll Man features a book by Gary Kupper, Larry Marshak, and Rose Caiola and original music by Kupper.

Featuring original songs alongside well-known hits from the ’60s, including “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” and “Great Balls of Fire,” Rock and Roll Man takes audiences behind the scenes and behind the music of one of the most influential—and controversial—figures in music history.

“Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, LaVern Baker, The Everly Brothers and Screamin’ Jay are the artists that shaped rock and roll, and Alan Freed is the man who introduced their music to America, creating a wave that changed the musical landscape forever," says BTG Artistic Director Kate Maguire. "Join us as they step onto our Colonial stage for a new musical that is sure to shake, rattle and roll Berkshire County! I can't begin to describe how excited we are to collaborate with this great team of Broadway producers and creators for Rock and Roll Man this coming summer.”

Dates and casting, as well as a full creative team, will be announced in the future.

Tickets will go on sale in February 2019. Season passes are available now for purchase; click here for more information.

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