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Big Hair Meets Big Dreams in “Rock of Ages” at DPAC

"Rock of Ages" will run Oct. 25-30 at DPAC

"Rock of Ages" will run Oct. 25-30 at DPAC

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present Rock of Ages, the blockbuster 2008 Off-Broadway and 2009 Broadway jukebox musical, with a book by Chris D’Arienzo showcasing rock-and-roll hits from the 1980s, on Oct. 25-30 in its 2,700-seat, state-of-the-art theater in the American Tobacco District in downtown Durham, NC. The hit musical comedy, which features the music of Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Night Ranger, Twisted Sister, Asia, Whitesnake, and others, earned five 2009 Tony Award® nominations, including nominations for Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical.

According to Rock of Ages’ official website:

“In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city rocker in LA’s most famous rock club; and they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 1980s. It’s five-time Tony Award-nominated smash-hit musical comedy Rock of Ages, a hilarious, feel-good, rock-n-roll love story told through the mind blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake, and many more. Don’t miss this awesomely good time where big hair meets big dreams and the result totally wails!

“With smash-hit productions still rockin’ on Broadway, in Australia, London, [and] South Korea; and a star-studded motion picture in the works, Rock of Ages is a worldwide phenomenon, featuring 28 classic rock tunes, including ‘Don’t Stop Believin’,’ ‘We Built This City,’ ‘The Final Countdown,’ ‘Wanted Dead or Alive,’ ‘Here I Go Again,’ ‘Harden My Heart,’ ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling,’ ‘Renegade,’ and ‘I Want to Know What Love Is.’

Rock of Ages — It’s about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!”

The New York Times praised the “Majestic Brilliance” of Rock of Ages; Spin Magazine claimed the show is “Pure Broadway GOLD”; and Time Out New York characterized it as “Excellent! Rock and comedy in perfect proportion.”

Produced by Phoenix Entertainment et al., the national tour of Rock of Ages stars Dominique Scott as Drew, Shannon Mullen as Sherrie, Matt Ban as Dennis, Matt Nolan as Stacee Jaxx/Father, Justin Colombo as Lonny, Stephen Michael Kane as Franz, Amma Osei as Justice/Mother, Phillip Peterson as Hertz Klineman, Katie Postotnik as Regina, and Chris Sams as Mayor/Ja’Keith.

The show’s ensemble includes Joey Elrose, Wesley Faucher, Lisa Finegold, Tymisha “Tush” Harris, Alyssa Herrera, Patrick Joyce, and Danny McHugh; and the band includes Darren Ledbetter (keyboards), Chris Cicchino (guitar 1), Maddox (guitar 2), Andy Gerold (bass), and Alan Childs (drums).

Director Adam John Hunter and choreographer Marcos Santana will recreate the musical staging of Broadway director Kristin Hanggi and choreographer Kelly Devine. Other members of the tour’s creative team include orchestrator and arranger Ethan Popp, musical director and conductor Darren Ledbetter, scenic designer Beowulf Boritt, lighting designer Jason Lyons, original costume designer Gregory Gale, hair and wig designer Tom Watson, makeup designer Angelina Avallone, projection designer Zak Borovay, sound designer Craig Cassidy, and stage manager Suzanne Apicella.

The motion-picture version of Rock of Ages, directed by Adam Shankman, is due out on June 1, 2012. It stars Julianne Hough as Sherrie Christian, Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, Bryan Cranston as Mayor Mike Whitmore, Paul Giamatti as Paul Gill, Alec Baldwin as Dennis Dupree, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Patricia Whitmore, and Russell Brand as Lonnie.

SECOND OPINION: Oct. 20th Durham, NC Herald-Sun preview by Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan:‘Rock-of-Ages’-?instance=main_article (Note: You must register first to read this article).

The Durham Performing Arts Center presents ROCK OF AGES at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-27, 8 p.m. Oct. 28, 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 29, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at DPAC, in the American Tobacco District, at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $37.50-$74.25 (including fees).


DPAC Box Office: 919/680-ARTS (2787),, or

Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000 or

GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919/281-0587,, or






The Musical: (official web page), (Wikipedia), (Internet Off-Broadway Database), and (Internet Broadway Database).

The Tour: (official web page).

The Film (due out in 2012): (Wikipedia) and (Internet Movie Database).


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