“Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise” Breathes New Life into the Perennially Popular 1742 Oratorio

" Handel's Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise" will play Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Nov. 20th
" Handel's Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise" will play Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Nov. 20th

" Handel's Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise" will play Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Nov. 20th
"Handel's Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise" will play Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Nov. 20th

Broadway Series South will present the 2010-11 National Tour of Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise, a groundbreaking musical event that blends classical music with classic rock and breathes new life into the perennially popular 1742 oratorio by celebrated German-British composer George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20th, in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC.

According to Broadway Series South:

Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise features stunning visual effects, thrilling songs, an orchestra, rock band, adult and children’s choirs, and soloists with some of the most powerful voices on stage. You’ll even hear some voices from the Triangle! The Raleigh presentation of [Handel’s Messiah Rocks] will feature members from Raleigh’s Sanderson High School Choir.

“Performing on stage with the cast of [Handel’s Messiah Rocks] will provide the Sanderson High School Choir with the opportunity to gain professional theater experience and discover what it’s like to be part of a nationally touring company. They will also have the opportunity to perform one of the newest interpretations of the most celebrated oratorio in the world, in front of their own family and friends.

The New York Times describes [Handel’s Messiah Rocks] and the reinterpretation of the most famous selection from the Oratorio ‘Hallelujah,’ by saying it, ‘… combines Handel and Sunset Strip-metal in one slick, efficient mash.’ …

“Having been performed annually for 240 years throughout the world the traditional composition has compelled its admirers to listen to and attend live performances many times throughout the year and now Handel’s Messiah Rocks can be enjoyed at home both on CD and DVD available on Sony Integrity Records. Some of the selections included are ‘Overture,’ ‘Comfort Ye,’ ‘He’ll Come in Glory,’ ‘He is Fire,’ Hallelujah,’ and more.

Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise was adapted by Jason Howland, and [the] libretto adapted by Dani Davis is based on the original oratorio by George Frideric Handel with libretto by Charles Jennens [1700-73]. It is produced by NETworks Presentations, LLC, and directed by Dani Davis.”

Broadway Series South presents HANDEL’S MESSIAH ROCKS: A JOYFUL NOISE at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.

TICKETS: $27-$57.

BOX OFFICE: Progress Energy Center Box Office: 919/831-6060 (information only). Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000, or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115203/1473111.

SHOW: http://broadwayseriessouth.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Calendar&file=listevent-bss2008&eid=10039.

VIDEO PREVIEW: http://www.handelsmessiahrocks.com/ (click Play Video).

PRESENTER: http://broadwayseriessouth.com/index.php.

VENUE: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/page.php?mode=privateview&pageID=21.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/page.php?mode=privateview&pageID=37.


Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise: http://www.handelsmessiahrocks.com/ and http://messiahrocks.com/ (official websites).

NETworks Presentations, LLC: http://www.networksontour.com/ (official website).

Sanderson High School Choir: http://sanderson.ryark.com/enter.htm (official website).

Messiah: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messiah_(Handel) (Wikipedia).

George Frideric Handel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Frideric_Handel (Wikipedia).


Robert W. McDowell is editor and publisher of Triangle Theater Review, a FREE weekly e-mail theatrical newsletter that provides more comprehensive, in-depth coverage of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill theater than all of the other news media combined. This review is reprinted with permission from Triangle Theater Review.

To start your FREE subscription to this newsletter, e-mail RobertM748@aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TTR in the Subject: line.

To read all of Robert W. McDowell’s Triangle Theater Review previews and reviews online at Triangle Arts & Entertainment, click http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/author/robert-w-mcdowell/.

By Robert W. McDowell

Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).