Rock of Ages to Launch National Tour in Chicago in September

News   Rock of Ages to Launch National Tour in Chicago in September
Rock of Ages, which was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical, will launch its first national tour Sept. 21 at The Bank of America Theatre in Chicago, IL.

Additional cities and casting will be announced at a later date.

As on Broadway, the touring production will be directed by Tony nominee Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine.

Rock of Ages premiered on Broadway March 17, 2009, and officially opened April 7, 2009, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where it continues. The musical was penned by Chris D'Arienzo and features music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.

Scenic design is by Beowulf Boritt, costume design is by Tony nominee Gregory Gale, lighting design is by Jason Lyons, sound design is by Peter Hylenski, and projection design is by Zachary Borovay.

"In 1987 on the Sunset Strip," press notes state, "a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer – and in L.A.’s most legendary rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80’s. It’s Rock of Ages, a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more. Don’t miss this awesomely good time where big hair meets big dreams and the result totally wails." The musical will have its Canadian premiere at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, with performances beginning April 20, 2010. It was also recently announced that Rock of Ages will open at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne, Australia in April 2011. A New Line Records film of the musical, directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), is scheduled to be released in 2011.

Rock of Ages will be produced on tour by Matthew Weaver, Carl Levin, Jeff Davis, Barry Habib, Scott Prisand, Janet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver, Relativity Media and The Araca Group.

Group tickets are currently available by calling (312) 977-1710.  Single tickets will go on-sale at a future date to be announced.  Tickets can be obtained at The Bank of America Theatre box office (18 West Monroe, Chicago, IL), or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 775-2000. Visit for more information.  

The original Broadway cast of <i>Rock of Ages</i>
The original Broadway cast of Rock of Ages Photo by Joan Marcus
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