Tuesday, March 31, 2009

VH1 Documentary - "Do It For The Band - The Women of the Sunset Strip"

Hey, Rockers!

We've just gotten word on an amazing new documentary premiering this week on VH1 Classic and thought our "Rock of Ages"-minded folks would enjoy...here's the scoop:
The 1980s were a decade of unprecedented decadence. Wall Street was booming, cocaine was the chic drug of choice, and L.A.'s notorious glam metal scene was in full swing on the Sunset Strip. Ruling that scene were the heavy hitting hair bands and the women who loved them.

Narrated by former "Cherry Pie" video girl (and ex-wife of Warrant lead singer Jani Lane) Bobbie Brown, "VH1 Rock Doc: Do It For The Band: The Women of the Sunset Strip" premiering Friday, April 3 at 11 p.m. on VH1 and Saturday, April 4 at 10p on VH1 Classic tells the story of the mistresses of metal — the women who played a big part in the L.A. rock scene but never got any credit — until now. These are the girls who sacrificed everything for the band — they clothed, bathed, fed, housed, and loved rock stars like Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Slash, Axl Rose, Blackie Lawless, Jani Lane and many others.

Viewers will get a first hand look at what it was like to live life in the fast lane as the women reveal secrets and share stories about a time when the only rule was that there weren't any.

Tune in and rock on!

Miss Lizzy

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Tad Wilson to Perform at "World Hunger Year" Benefit 4/30/09

Hey, Rockers!

"Rock of Ages" cast member Tad Wilson will be performing at Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway concert on Thursday, April 30th at New York City's Hard Rock Cafe to benefit World Hunger Year.

The show, hosted by Charles Grodin and Vincent Pastore, will also feature performances by Capathia Jenkins (Fame Becomes Me, Caroline or Change), Andrea Rivette (Miss Saigon), Eryn Murman and Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening), Rob Evan (Les Misérables, Jekyll & Hyde), Steven Blanchard (Beauty and the Beast), Rita Harvey (Fiddler on the Roof, Phantom of the Opera), Carter Calvert (Cats) and Danny Zolli (Jesus Christ Superstar).

Tickets, ranging $40-$250, are available by visiting Ticketmaster.com. The Hard Rock Café is located at 1501 Broadway (at 44th Street).

Rock on!

Miss Lizzy

Friday, March 27, 2009

Rock of Ages - Upcoming TV Appearances!

Happy Friday, Rockers!

Just got this scoop in from "Rock of Ages" HQ in Joey Primo's new tour bus...

Constantine Maroulis will be on FOX BUSINESS CHANNEL’s "Strategy Room" TODAY, Friday, March 27th from 5 – 6PM. It is a live, national program and will be hosted by Robert Galinsky (owner of REALITY TV SCHOOL) and the show will be about reality TV. Constantine will also be able to talk about "Rock of Ages".

Also, "Rock of Ages"will be featured in WABC-TV’s (CHANNEL 7 in NYC) Spring Theatre Preview, hosted by David Hyde Pierce, on Saturday, March 28th at 7:30PM. It is also being heavily promoted on TV and in taxis (great news for all of you coming to NY to visit and catch a performance of ROA)!!!!

Rock on!

Miss Lizzy

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

"Rock of Ages" Testimonials - Let Your Voice Be Heard!!!

Hey, Rockers!

Just got this from the gang at "Rock of Ages" HQ in Justice's office at the Venus Club...
Hey Rock Fans!

Swing by the Brooks Atkinson Theater tomorrow night (Thursday, March 26) to truly rock out for our video testimonials for the show. Come voice your opinion about the show and have a great time!"Rock of Ages" will have a crew there tomorrow evening to get testimonials!

You can come to the theater (if you aren't already having a rockin' good time in the theater) at 9PM for intermission or 10:15 for final curtain.

Rock on!

Miss Lizzy

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

"Rock of Ages" - News from the Sunset Strip...

Hey, Rockers!!!

A few little news items for ya…

First of all...another terrific new contest - Join the ROA Twitter following for the chance to win 2 tickets to the April 1st 7pm show - no April F-f-f-f-foolin!

Per Ticketmaster, the Monday, March 30th performance of “Rock of Ages” has been cancelled. Refunds are forthcoming to your original form of payment.

Starting tonight, Playbill Radio will be featuring “Rock of Ages” on their show. Broadcast schedule is as follows:

- Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00 PM
- Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00 AM
- Wednesday, March 25 at 11:00 PM
- Thursday, March 26 at 2:00 PM
- Saturday, March 28 at 11:00 AM
- Sunday, March 29 at 4:00 PM

Kudos to “Arsenal” lead guitarist Joel Hoekstra, as he is featured in the May issue of Guitar Player magazine, giving a master class in 80’s rock. The magazine will also feature an online version of the lesson on their site soon!

The “ROA Slogan” contest has ended, with the Fan’s Choice winner being Amy Kelly and her slogan “For every dreamer, a power ballad is waiting to be born!”

According to Playbill Online, "Rock of Ages" had a terrific first week of previews, playing to 98.8% capacity! Totally awesome! Let’s keep that momentum going!

Two weeks until opening night, everyone…

Rock on!

Miss Lizzy

Friday, March 20, 2009

The "Rock of Ages Store" is now OPEN!!!

Happy Friday, Rockers!

Let fat-cats like Hertz Kleinemann shop on Rodeo Drive...

The REAL place to be seen picking up killer ROA merchandise is the brand-new "Rock of Ages Online Store"!

Shirts, pins, posters...you name it!

Rock on,

Miss Lizzy

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"Rock of Ages" - First Preview Tonight!

Hey, Rockers!

On behalf of the entire staff of The Cry of the Strip, we’d like to wish the cast, band crew and production team at Rock of Ages “Break a Leg!” as they kick off what we hope is a long, successful run on Broadway.


Miss Lizzy

Monday, March 16, 2009

Party Like a Rock Star at "Rock of Ages"!

Hey, Rockers!

On the eve of previews kicking off, the folks at "Rock of Ages" HQ in the Sunset Strip 7-11 (home of those wonderful cherry Slurpees!) have announced some special packages / seating offers, as well as made an effort to clear up some of the speculation about drink service and the day-of-performance ticket lottery system.

Here we go...

VIP GREEN ROOM BOX ($295.00 for 4 tickets): Party the night away in the best 'see & be seen' seats in the house. This ultimate party package includes four cushy seats to the show located in one of only four mezzanine boxes, and includes your own waiter.

PREMIUM SEATS (Ticket Range $135.00 - 175.00) A premium ticket at ROCK OF AGES actually gets you something more than nifty aisle seats; you also get waitress service and access to the VIP Mezzanine Lounge starting one-hour before curtain.

DRINK SERVICE (For all orchestra ticket holders) Come one, come all. Starting 30 minutes before every show and during intermission, audience members seated in the orchestra will be able to buy color-coded drink chips (to eliminate money exchange/ credit card transactions during the show) from one of the several waiters disbursed throughout the orchestra or at the bar. The chips can then be redeemed during the show, from your seat, for the drink of your choice. While the show is playing (and if you have not purchased any drink chips or are seated in the mezzanine), drinks may be purchased at the bar and can then be taken back to your seat.

LOTTERY TICKETS Two hours prior to every performance, there will be a lottery drawing offering $26.50 tickets for selected seats in the orchestra. Entries accepted at box office beginning two and half hours prior to each performance. Names will be drawn at random two hours prior to curtain time. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing. Limit one entry per person, and two tickets per winner. Cash only.

All tickets (including VIP Green Room and Premium Seats) can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com / 212-307-4100 or in person at The Brooks Atkinson Box Office, 256 W. 47th Street.

Rock on, everyone and I'll see you on the Sunset Strip starting tomorrow...HELLS, YEAH!

Miss Lizzy

Friday, March 13, 2009

ROA Video Flashback - We Love The 80's

Hey, Rockers!

Don't let the fact that this is the second Friday the 13th in a row bum you out...because we're going to throw some good luck your way with a righteous new video from the gang at "Rock of Ages"...

Have a terrific weekend, everyone and remember...FIRST PREVIEW IN FOUR DAYS!!!

Rock on,

Miss Lizzy

Thursday, March 12, 2009

"Rock of Ages" Class of '09 - Jeremy Jordan

Hey, Rockers!

Welcome to our latest installment of "Rock of Ages Class of '09," where you get to meet the newest members of the ROA family.

Next up...Jeremy Jordan!

Full Name: Jeremy Michael Jordan


Role(s) in “Rock of Ages”:
Understudy - Drew, Franz, Stacee Jaxx, and Ensemble

Funniest Moment in Rehearsals So Far: Watching Katherine Tokarz do Constance Sack for the first time. Brilliant.

Favorite "Schoolhouse Rock" song:
Sadly, I think I'm too young for the Schoolhouse Rock era... I could probably think of a couple random songs I've heard around the schoolyard, but I can't say I ever watched it. [editor's note: http://www.school-house-rock.com/]

In “Rock of Ages,” Drew’s a barback, Lonny’s a sound engineer and Sherrie’s a waitress. If you weren’t about to be in a hit musical on Broadway, what would you be doing for a living?
That's easy. I'd be a Ninja. Next question.

If you had to describe your life at the moment with an 80’s song title, what would it be?
Probably "Don't Stop Believin", although, it would be totally sweet if the answer was "You Shook Me All Night Long"... but its not...

Rock on!

Miss Lizzy

"Rock of Ages" Sneak Peek Video!

Hey, Rockers!

Just received some terrific new video from "Rock of Ages" HQ in the supply closet of Dupree's Bourbon Room!

Last week, we were all treated to a sneak peek at three musical numbers from the upcoming Broadway production on the show's official YouTube Channel. Now, we've got some interviews from cast and band members as well as some of the show's producers!

Five days to first preview...HELLS, YEAH!

Rock on,

Miss Lizzy

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New "Rock of Ages" Slogan Contest!

Happy Tuesday, Rockers!

I've just received word of a FANTASTIC new contest for "Rock of Ages" fans!

Here are the details, direct from "Rock of Ages" headquarters in the powder room of the Venus Club:

Hey Rock Fans!

Have you seen ROA and loved it? Have you seen it 20 times and loved it?
Here’s your chance to help pick a super rad slogan for the show!

Write a short and sweet statement that describes the awesomeness of ROA and post it on the Official Rock of Ages Facebook Fan Page Wall. We’ll select the top five and let you guys vote on the best one.

The winner gets a free pair of tix to the show AND their slogan will be used in an ad!

You have until Friday, March 13 at Noon (EST) to post your slogan on the Offical ROA Facebook Fan Page Wall.

Finalists will be announced on Tuesday March 17!

What's a slogan? Here are some examples:

Dumb and Dumber: "What one doesn't have, the other one is missing"

Titanic: "A woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets"

This is Spinal Tap: "Does for rock and roll what The Sound of Music did for hills"


So get your creative thinking caps on and good luck!

Miss Lizzy

Monday, March 9, 2009

New Photos from the Brooks Atkinson

Hey, Rockers!

I stopped by the Brooks Atkinson after work today and things are definitely getting into gear at "Rock of Ages". I decided to take a few photos of the updated artwork outside the theater...

First, the side panels of the marquee have been added...

And next to the doors to the theater, a gorgeous triptych of the show's poster...

One week from tomorrow, everyone...and the doors to The Bourbon Room and the Venus Club swing open to welcome us all back to nothin' but a good time!

Rock on,

Miss Lizzy

"Rock of Ages" Stars to Perform at "Purim Shpiel" Benefit March 9th

3/9/09 UPDATE FROM "Rock of Ages" HQ: Due to conflicts with the tech rehearsal for Rock of Ages, Constantine and Amy will NOT be performing at the Purim Shpiel event this evening. :-(

Hey, Rockers!

Here's yet another appearance by our fearless "Rock of Ages" leading man and lady…

"Rock of Ages" stars Constantine Maroulis and Amy Spanger will be performing on Monday, March 9th the "5th Annual Broadway Purim Shpiel", a comedic retelling of the Purim story at New York's Hudson Theater to benefit Taglit-Birthright Israel, an organization dedicated to sending young Jews from across the world to Israel.

The show, hosted by Jackie Hoffman (Xanadu/Hairspray), will also include such Broadway stars as Jordan Gelber (All My Sons), Mary Faber (Avenue Q), Marc Kudisch (9 to 5), Logan Lipton and Alli Mauzey (Wicked), Jared Gertner and Stanley Bahorek (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Noah Weisberg (South Pacific), and Carly Jibson (Hairspray).

A complimentary cocktail hour begins at 7pm, followed by the show at 8pm. Tickets range from $55-100 and are available through the event web site.

Rock on,

Miss Lizzy

Thursday, March 5, 2009

"Rock of Ages" Rehearsal Video!

Hey, Rockers!

The folks at "Rock of Ages" have posted some terrific video from Tuesday's rehearsal, so we thought we'd re-post them here for you guys to enjoy as well!

"High Enough"

"Nothin' But a Good Time"

"Here I Go Again"

12 Days to first preview, everyone! HELLS, YEAH!

Rock on,

Miss Lizzy

"Rock of Ages" Class of '09 - Michael Minarik

Hey, Rockers!

As we count down to opening night on Tuesday, April 7th, your loyal staff here at The Cry of the Strip wanted to introduce you to some of the new faces you'll see and hear in the Broadway production of "Rock of Ages."

Kicking off this fun little series of Q&A's is Michael Minarik!

Full Name: Michael Andrew Butler Minarik

Nickname(s): Minarik

Role(s) in “Rock of Ages”: Understudy - Lonny, Dennis, Hertz, Stacee Jaxx, Mayor, Joey Primo

Song you’re most looking forward to performing in the show: "Can't Fight This Feeling"

Favorite 80’s movie: Top Gun

In “Rock of Ages,” Drew’s a barback, Lonny’s a sound engineer and Sherrie’s a waitress. If you weren’t about to be in a hit musical on Broadway, what would you be doing for a living? Real Estate Mogul

If you had to describe your life at the moment with an 80’s song title, what would it be? "Love Is a Battlefield"

Rock on,

Miss Lizzy

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Press Day at "Rock of Ages" Rehearsals

Hey, Rockers!

On Tuesday, March 3rd, the press was invited to a rehearsal of "Rock of Ages" and we would like to make "The Cry of the Strip" your one-stop-shop for coverage of this event.


Broadway.com (video)

Broadway.com (photos)

Getty Images (via Zimbio.com)



As an added bonus, our friends at RockofAgesMusical.com shot some exclusive photos just for TCOTS...here's a sample (many more will be available in the next few days in the Photos section of our site)

(Amy Spanger and Constantine Maroulis performing "High Enough")

And if that's not enough, metalheads...we will soon be kicking off a series of interviews with the newest members of the "Rock of Ages" family!

Rock on,

Miss Lizzy

Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Birthday, Jon Bon Jovi!

Hey, Rockers!

Let's hoist our lighters to set the candles ablaze on the birthday cake of the New Jersey Hall of Fame inductee, philanthropist, actor, arena football team owner (the Philadelphia Soul), oh yeah...and ROCK AND ROLL GOD...

Happy 47th Birthday, Jon Bon Jovi!

Photo credit: VH1.com

Looking this good, it is no wonder you're still "Wanted Dead or Alive"!

Rock on,

Miss Lizzy