Rock of Ages Opens in Toronto May 11

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The Canadian premiere of Broadway's Rock of Ages, the musical that swipes rock hits from the 1980s to serve a new story about lovers and others in and around an L.A. rock club, officially opens at the Royal Alexandra Theatre May 11.
Yvan Pedneault and Elicia MacKenzie
Yvan Pedneault and Elicia MacKenzie Photo by Joan Marcus

Previews began April 20.

Elicia MacKenzie (Canada's "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" and The Sound of Music) plays Sherrie, "the impressionable young woman who comes to Los Angeles from small-town Kansas to become an actress," and Yvan Pedneault (We Will Rock You) is Drew, "the raw, young rock 'n' roll talent with a set of pipes from the gods." Aaron Walpole ("Canadian Idol") plays Lonny, "the quick-witted sound guy in the Sunset Strip's Bourbon Room who also acts as narrator." David W. Keeley (Stratford Festival) is Dennis, the owner of the Bourbon Room; Peter Deiwick (Toronto's Mamma Mia!, We Will Rock You) is Stacee Jaxx, the lead singer of the band Arsenal; and Victor A. Young (Toronto's Dirty Dancing) portrays Hertz, "the story's seemingly evil businessman who wants to strip all the fun from the Sunset Strip and bring in a lifeless corporate culture."

The ensemble comprises Tessa Alves, Ashley Burton, Eric Coles, Caleb Cosman, Cody Scott Lancaster, Tony LePage, Jennifer Mote, Carson Nattrass, Josephine Roberts, Valerie Stanois, Angela Teek, Melvin Tunstall and Emily Williams.

Tickets are priced from $28 to $99 and are available at (416) 872-1212 or (800) 461-3333, or online at

* Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Rock of Ages opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in April 2009. "In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl meets a big city rocker and in L.A.'s most famous rock club, they fall in love to the greatest songs of the '80s," according to the producers. The "arena-rock love story" is told through the hits of Journey, Foreigner, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more.

The show is written by Chris D'Arienzo (writer and director of the upcoming film "Barry Munday"), directed by Kristin Hanggi (Bare, Pussycat Dolls on the Sunset Strip) and choreographed by Kelly Devine (Jersey Boys' associate choreographer).

Scenic design is by Beowulf Boritt (Spelling Bee, LoveMusik), costume design is by Tony Nominee Gregory Gale (Cyrano, The Wedding Singer), lighting design is by Jason Lyons (The Threepenny Opera), sound design is by Peter Hylenski (Shrek) and projection design is by Zachary Borovay (A Catered Affair).

Music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations are by Ethan Popp (Tarzan) with original arrangements by David Gibbs ("That Thing You Do").

The Canadian production of Rock of Ages is produced by Matthew Weaver, Carl Levin, Jeff Davis, Barry Habib, Scott Prisand, Janet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver and David Mirvish.

The weekly performance schedule is Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM; matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM; and Sunday evenings at 7 PM. For more information, visit

The Toronto cast of <i>Rock of Ages</i>.
The Toronto cast of Rock of Ages. Photo by Joan Marcus
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