Sunday, May 31, 2009
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Friday, May 29, 2009
Sondheim-I Am What I Am (from La Cage Aux Folles (1987)
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I hope you guys don’t mind indulging your dramatic conjurer here at TCOTS for a moment…
When an actor who has originated a role in a hit show decides to leave, there’s always some sadness, as fans have taken that actor and the character he or she portrays to heart. The role and actor are indelibly joined as one in the show’s history. But when they leave for the purpose of getting to create yet another role in another new show, well, then you have to temper your sadness with pride, as you know that others are seeing in that actor the talent that the producers of your favorite show did.
As many theater news outlets reported earlier this month, a new musical based on “The Addams Family” will be making its world premiere in Chicago on November 12, 2009, with a Broadway opening in April of 2010. “Rock of Ages” own Wesley Taylor will be joining this cast as 'Lucas Beineke,' whose relationship with 'Wednesday Addams' (played by Krysta Rodriguez, most recently of "In The Heights") will be the focal point of the plot. Other Broadway luminaries in this cast include Nathan Lane as 'Gomez', Bebe Neuwirth as 'Morticia', and the duo of Terrence Mann and Carolee Carmello as Lucas’ parents.
Wesley’s last performance in “Rock of Ages” will be the 7pm show on Sunday, September 13th and tickets are available through Ticketmaster or at the Brooks Atkinson box office.
Break a leg and do us all on the Sunset Strip proud, Wes!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Hope you all got a chance to see the cast of "Rock of Ages" tear it up on NBC's Today Show yesterday morning (they performed three numbers - "Don't Stop Believin'", "High Enough" and "Here I Go Again" - see the video in the previous blog item!) in front of an enthusiastic, rockin' crowd on Memorial Day.
The enthusiasm for the show was also expressed in artwork, through the many terrific entries in the "Rock of Ages - Today Show Poster Contest" and the powers-that-be have decided that along with a winner of two tickets to an upcoming performance of "Rock of Ages", there are two runners-up who will each win a kickass prize package from the ROA Merchandise Store.
First, the two runners-up...
1) "Setting Broadway on Fire"...Liz Woolf and her lighter poster!
2) "Character Study on the Sunset Strip" - portraits by Monica Simoes
The winning poster garnered praise from such "Rock of Ages" luminaries as director Kristin Hanggi and Associate Costume Designer Karl Ruckdeschel. With her "Marshall Stack / Dean Z Guitar" poster, the winner is Kay Koch!
Congratulations to these three artists on their rad artwork, and thank you to everyone for participating and making the Today Show Plaza ROCK yesterday morning!
Friday, May 22, 2009
For all of you headed to "The Today Show" on Monday morning, here's a chance to show your support of "Rock of Ages" on national TV AND possibly score some seats to the show!
We will be holding a fan-created poster contest during the broadcast - the most kickass sign in the crowd (to be judged by the cast and Today Show folks) will win a pair of tickets to a future Monday or Tuesday night performance of "Rock of Ages"!!
So get creative and we'll see you as we ROCK the ROCK on Monday!!!!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
As you all know, "Rock of Ages" is EVERYWHERE!!! You can find the hottest show on the Great White(snake) Way on iTunes (pre-order the Original Broadway Cast Recording-to be released on June 2nd), on YouTube (including the now-famous ROA Productions videos - now up to Episode 8), and of course, on TV.
Now Visa and The Tony Awards are bringing a very special event to your local CBS affiliate, which WILL feature a performance from cast members of "Rock of Ages"! Here's a little more detail...
"For the second year, the Tony Awards and Visa will join forces to produce a one-hour TV special that will celebrate the Broadway season and preview the awards. "Visa Signature Tony Awards Season Celebration" features performances from nominees and other stars of the 2008-2009 Broadway season. The show airs on WCBS in New York on Saturday, May 30 and on CBS affiliates in other cities between May 29 and June 6." [Ed. note: check your local listings]And don't forget...the cast of "Rock of Ages" will be performing LIVE as part of the Toyota Concert Series on NBC's "Today Show" this coming Monday, May 25th. Come on down to Rockefeller Plaza as ROA becomes the first Broadway show in "Today" history to perform THREE songs in one broadcast!
I've saved the best bit for last, though...
Thursday, May 14, 2009
And if you need a visual to whet your appetite for the upcoming CD (release date TBD) as well...
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Celebrating a friend's birthday? What about a Friday night out with co-workers to blow off some steam? High school or college reunion? Or do you just have a big family?
Well then, what better way to celebrate than with a kickass trip to the Sunset Strip!?!!?!?
We'd like to introduce you to a friend of The Cry of the Strip and "Rock of Ages", Steve Litwitz, who is organizing group sales for the hottest show on the Great White(snake) Way! Email him at SteveLitwitz@gmail.com (groups of 8 or more, please) and he'll be totally stoked to hook you up with terrific pricing for your rockin' celebration!
Monday, May 11, 2009
The winners of the 2008-2009 TheaterWorld Awards have been announced and "Rock of Ages" own Wesley Taylor has been recognized for his outstanding Broadway debut!
Way to go, "Franzie!"
Friday, May 8, 2009
Our friends at RockofAgesMusical.com just sent us a cool little item that we wanted to share with everyone here on "The Strip."
As we reported earlier this week, the recording looks to be released on iTunes in mid-June, with a CD release to follow in early July. When we get exact dates, we'll let the world know!
And...make sure you sign up for the mailing list at the official site for information on how you can be one of the first to order the CD!
Have a ROCKIN' weekend!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
“Rock of Ages” cast member Tad Wilson is spearheading what we hope will become a new theater tradition and would love for the fans to help!
Now, the theater community has had a time-honored phrase for wishing someone good luck –“Break a leg.” At a few of the recent Broadway openings, the casts of such shows as “Rock of Ages", “Next to Normal", "9 to 5" and "Waiting for Godot" have been presented with an artifical leg, signed by cast members and created for the occasion to ceremonially break before curtain.
“Broadway Legs” hopes to donate the signed legs to the silent auction at the Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS Grand Flea Market and Auction in late September, but – sorry about this joke, everyone – these legs cost an arm and a…well, you know.
Tad has acquired 10 “Rock of Ages” show posters signed by the entire Broadway cast and would like to give the fans here on The Cry of the Strip the first opportunity to purchase one for $50, with every penny going to purchase the materials for the project.
In essence…artificial limbs will be helping to save REAL lives. For information regarding the project or to reserve a poster for purchase (at the theater - cash only, please), please contact me at email@example.com
Just got word that "Rock of Ages" star James Carpinello ("Stacee Jaxx") will be the guest at Seth Rudetsky's weekly talk show "Seth's Broadway Chatterbox" tonight, May 7th.
Per Playbill.com, James will be bringing "Rock of Ages" guitarist David Gibbs with him to the Chatterbox and will be debuting a song cut out of the show, written for Stacee and his fictional band Arsenal, entitled "I Want Your Cans."
The weekly live talk show, which includes interviews and performances from Broadway stars, is held at 6 PM at the New York cabaret Don't Tell Mama. There is a $10 donation and a two-drink minimum. The donation goes directly to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the nation's leading industry-based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization.
Don't Tell Mama is located in New York City on West 46th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Call (212) 757-0788 for reservations.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Just when you thought we'd run out of kick-ass news today, we've got an encore!
The cast and band of "Rock of Ages" spent last week recording the official cast album! Sources close to the show are predicting a release date sometime in early July, with an iTunes release in June.
As an added bonus, our friends at Broadway.com was there to capture the recording in photos.
When we get a confirmed release date, we will let you guys know here on The Cry of the Strip, so stay tuned!
It is a HUGE day for "Rock of Ages" and all of us who love them. The little show that started in a club in Los Angeles has now been nominated for FIVE Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
"Rock of Ages" has been nominated for:
Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Constantine Maroulis)
Best Direction of a Musical (Kristin Hanggi)
Best Sound Design of a Musical (Peter Hylenski)
Best Costumes (Gregory Gale)
Tune in to CBS on Sunday, June 7th at 7pm to see the Sunset Strip take over the Great White(Snake) Way!
Congratulations to everyone involved from your friends at The Cry of the Strip!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Before you head out for your Memorial Day barbecues, join us at The Today Show as the cast of “Rock of Ages” turns Rockefeller Plaza into a little slice of the Sunset Strip with a killer performance as part of the Toyota Summer Concert Series!
Be there on Monday, May 25th as "Rock of Ages" helps kick off the unofficial start of summer…and be in the UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL FAN SECTION of the Plaza, thanks to your friends at The Cry of The Strip!
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Rock of Ages – The Cry of the Strip Sent Me!” and the following information and you will be the one of the first to be issued Toyota Concert Series “Fan Passes”:
Name(s) of up to Three (3) guests
And don’t forget! We want to see shirts, signs, smiles and lots of ENERGY so the whole nation can see the love we all have for “Rock of Ages,” the hottest show on the Great White(snake) Way!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Two of the largest theater-industry sites on the Internet have kicked off their Audience Choice Awards, timed to coincide with the upcoming Tony Awards...and we'd like you guys to not only cast your votes, but help spread the word about the awards!
Broadwayworld.com - Theater Fan Choice Awards
Broadway.com - 10th Annual Audience Awards
Just as the Bourbon Room rules the Sunset Strip, let's make sure that "Rock of Ages" rules the Great White(snake) Way!