Thursday, August 27, 2009

Welcome to Rock of Ages, Kerry Butler!

Hey, Rockers!

Fresh of the press from Rock of Ages headquarters in the back of the Venus Club dressing room, we have an announcement of the new Sherrie! (Note: current "Sherrie" Savannah Wise is leaving the production on September 13th to join the revival of "Ragtime", set for a fall opening on Broadway).




Tony Award nominated Broadway star, Kerry Butler (Xanadu, Hairspray) will star in the five-time Tony nominated hit musical, ROCK OF AGES at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street) as “Sherrie” beginning Monday, September 21, 2009 for a six month limited engagement for six performances a week. The “Sherrie” understudy will play the role during both performances on Sundays. Constantine Maroulis continues his Tony Award Nominated performance staring in the show as “Drew”.

Kerry Butler most recently starred on Broadway, and received Tony Award and Drama League Award nominations for her critically acclaimed role as ‘Kira” in Xanadu. A versatile musical theatre comedienne, Ms. Butler has made an indelible mark on Broadway playing such characters as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Outer Critics Circle Award nom.), the original “Penny” in Hairspray (Clarence Derwent Award; Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle noms.), “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast (Belle), “Eponine” in Les Misérables and “Ms. Jones” in Blood Brothers. Off Broadway, she originated the roles of “Shelley” in Bat Boy: The Musical, “Maddy” in Prodigal, “Isabelle” in Miracle Brothers and “DeeDee” in the musical The Opposite of Sex.
Kerry has also made numerous television appearances which include “Lipstick Jungle”, “Cupid”, CBS’s “Second Honeymoon” (with Roma Downey), “Another World,” “Sesame Street,” "Hometown” and “One Life to Live” (Claudia Reston). She recently recorded her first solo CD, Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust, on PS Classics and performed as “Brenda” in the 2009 world premiere of the musical “Catch Me If You Can” this summer in Seattle.

“Kerry is one of my favorite Broadway performers and I cannot tell you how lucky we feel to have her,” says lead producer Carl Levin. "She's funny, she's beautiful, and most importantly she can sing like a rock star."

Tickets can be purchased via 212-307-4100 or in person at The Brooks Atkinson Box Office (256 West 47th Street).

The performance schedule is Monday at 8pm, Tuesday at 7pm, Thursday at 8pm, Friday
at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 2pm & 7pm.

Rock on and help us welcome the newest Sherrie beginning late next month. Hells, yeah!

Miss Lizzy

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

News Updates from Rock of Ages!

What's up, rockers!?!?!

Sorry it has been quiet here on the “Strip” but we’re going to make up for it now with a tour-bus-sized batch of Rock of Ages news for you!

Upcoming Events:

1. The Rock of Ages Cruise on Wednesday, August 26th! Per the official Rock of Ages page on Facebook, here are the details: The Circle Line Cruise will set sail at 7:00pm and return at 9:30pm. Boarding begins at 6:30pm. VJ Randy Esulto will be mixing your favorite 80s music videos and DJ Twist will be spinning your favorite 80s hits! You can win tickets to ROCK OF AGES on Broadway & the ROCK OF AGES Original Broadway Cast Recording CD! Tickets are $40 per person and include boat ticket, beer (courtesy of Heartland Brewery) wine (courtesy of Casa De Vinos) and soda. A cash bar will also be available. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be provided by B. Smith's Restaurant. You must be 21 years-old! Use Code NYCE and SAVE $5!! Go to the Circle Line's web site to order your tickets now for a rockin’ night on the Hudson! And FYI, cast members will be joining in on the fun on the water, but specific names have not been released at this time.

2. Rock of Ages star Constantine Maroulis will be doing two concerts at Joe’s Pub in New York City this fall, on Wednesday September 23rd and Wednesday October 14th. Tickets for “A Night At the Rock Show” are selling super-fast so buy them now on the Joe’s Pub web site.

The "Rock of Ages" After-Party at The China Club NYC has briefly gone on hiatus. It will be returning bigger and better in September with a new night (Friday!!!) and all kinds of kick-ass fun! The grand re-launch will be Friday, September 11th with a performance by January Jane (for those who attended the opening night party for Rock of Ages on Broadway, you know how hard these guys rock!)

Cast Announcements:

Welcome to two new members of the ROA family…Don Stephenson and Eric Sciotto!

Don Stephenson will be portraying the scourge of the Sunset Strip, the destined demolisher of Dupree’s, “Hertz Kleinman” while Paul Schoeffler is temporarily relocating to the fictional town of Beaumont Sur Mer (via Philadelphia, PA), portraying the charming cad "Lawrence Jamieson" in the Walnut Street Theater production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (a role made famous in film by Michael Caine and on Broadway by John Lithgow). Paul will be returning to Rock of Ages beginning October 26th.

Eric Sciotto is the newest super-Swing in the ROA family and with lots of vacations and such over the summer and fall, I’m sure there will be lots of chances to enjoy his work! He hit the ground running last night (Monday, August 17) playing Joey Primo in what is now being referred to as the Epic Understudy Festival (6 understudies and 2 debuts in one performance)!

Welcome to both and break a leg!

Other Items of Interest:

- From Hal Leonard Publishing, the Piano/Vocal Song Book for “Rock of Ages” has been released. If you are in the NYC area, Colony Music at Broadway and 49th Street is the easiest place to pick it up. Outside of NYC, I’d recommend the Hal Leonard website.

- Help the folks at the official Rock of Ages web site upgrade their email blasts known as the Bouron Room News! The powers that be want input on jazzing up the graphics on the messages sent out to fans just like you… go to the official web site for more details!

Whew! Thanks for sticking around to the end of this message. Hope you all are having a rockin’ summer and I’ll see you in The Bourbon Room!

Rock on,

Miss Lizzy