Rock of Ages Tour, with Constantine Maroulis, Launches Sept. 21; Mitchell Jarvis Steps In

News   Rock of Ages Tour, with Constantine Maroulis, Launches Sept. 21; Mitchell Jarvis Steps In
The national tour of the Tony-nominated musical Rock of Ages kicks off Sept. 21 in Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre, where it will reside through Oct. 3.

Rock of Ages star Constantine Maroulis
Rock of Ages star Constantine Maroulis Photo by Joan Marcus

Constantine Maroulis repeats his Tony-nominated performance as Drew with MiG Ayesa as Stacee Jaxx, Nick Cordero as Dennis, Rebecca Faulkenberry as Sherrie, Teresa Stanley as Justice, Casey Tuma as Regina, Bret Tuomi as Hertz and Travis Walker as Franz. The ensemble comprises Angela Brydon, Joey Calveri, Daniel Luis Domenech, Lindsay Janisse, Sean Jenness, Holly Laurent, Lauralynn McClelland, Rashad Naylor, Josh Sassanella and Erika Shannon.  

Due to laryngitis, Patrick Lewallen, who had been cast as Lonny,  will be unable to perform the first four performances. Mitchell Jarvis, who created the role of Lonny on Broadway and is currently playing the role of Stacee Jaxx in the New York production, will temporarily fill in for Lewallen.

The Rock of Ages tour reunites original director, Tony nominee Kristin Hanggi, and choreographer Kelly Devine. The musical was penned by Chris D'Arienzo and features music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.

The design team includes Beowulf Boritt (scenic design), Gregory Gale (costume design), Jason Lyons (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design) and Zachary Borovay (projection design).

Featuring a score compiled of hits from the 1980s, including "Don't Stop Believin'," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Every Rose Has It's Thorn," "Oh, Sherrie" and "We Built This City," Rock of Ages originally premiered Off-Broadway at New World Stages in October 2008. The musical transferred to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway in March 2009, earning five Tony nominations including Best Musical, Best Direction, and Best Actor for Maroulis. The musical continues to play the Atkinson. Here's how producers bill Rock of Ages: "In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, 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 '80s. 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."

Rock of Ages is 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.

Visit RockofAgesMusical for the complete tour itinerary.

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