Contemporary Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise Begins Holiday Tour Nov. 7

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Marty Thomas, Mike Eldred and Ramona Keller lead the cast of Handel's Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise, which launches a U.S. holiday tour Nov. 7 in Orange, TX.

Ramona Keller
Ramona Keller Photo by Aubrey Reuben

NETworks is presenting the tour of Messiah Rocks, which was adapted by Jason Howland (Little Women) and features a libretto adapted by Dani Davis. Davis also serves as director of the three-part, 90-minute oratorio.

The contemporary concept is based on the original 18th century work by George Frederick Handel, which has a libretto by Charles Jennens.

Thomas (Xanadu) sings the Baritone role, with Eldred (Les Miserables, The Civil War) as the Tenor and Keller (Smokey Joe's Café; Caroline, or Change) as the Woman. The tour will also incorporate a local choir for each of its stops.

Messiah Rocks, according to NETworks, promises "visual effects, thrilling songs, an orchestra, rock band, adult and children’s choirs and some of the most powerful voices in stage and screen." Among the songs featured are "Overture," "Comfort Ye," "He'll Come in Glory," "He is Fire" and "Hallelujah."

The Messiah Rocks tour itinerary follows:

Orange, TX (Nov. 7)
Owensboro, KY (Nov. 16)
Newport News, VA (Nov. 18)
Morgantown, NC (Nov. 19)
Raleigh, NC (Nov. 20)
Atlanta, GA (Nov. 21)
Gainesville, FL (Nov. 26)
Greenville, SC (Nov. 28)
Charlotte, NC (Nov. 29)
Houston, TX (Dec. 1)
Chicago, IL (Dec. 3-4)
Cleveland, OH (Dec. 5)
Wilmington, DE (Dec. 7-12)
Williamsport, PA (Dec. 13)
Toledo, OH (Dec. 14)
Mississauga, ON (Dec. 16-17)
Wiles-Barre, PA (Dec. 18)
Newark, NJ (Dec. 19)
Schenectady, NY (Dec. 21)
Hershey, PA (Dec. 22-23)

A PBS special and cast album features Tony Award-winning actress LaChanze (The Color Purple, Once On This Island) and Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer (Next to Normal, Jersey Boys).

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