Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Miss Lizzy checking in here from the heart of TCOTS central with some odds and ends for my rocking friends here!
First, for those of you in the New York area, come celebrate the 1st Anniversary of "Rock of Ages" on Broadway with a party at the famous Carnival at Bowlmor Lanes. Here are the details...
The cast of the Tony-nominated musical Rock of Ages will celebrate its first anniversary on Broadway with a May 12 evening at Carnival at Bowlmor Lanes in Manhattan.
Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis, Derek St. Pierre, Michele Mais, Michael Minarik, Angel Reed, Matt Stocke, Jenifer Foote, Katherine Tokarz, Jeremy Woodard, Becca Tobin, Winston Roye, Mitchell Jarvis and Tommy Kessler are all scheduled to be part of the 6-9 PM event, which is open to the public.
Guests will enjoy music, boardwalk games, live circus performers, up-scale carnival-themed food and drinks and an opportunity to rock out with the cast. Admission to the celebration is $25 per ticket (purchased at the door) and includes ten game tickets and live circus entertainment.
Carnival at Bowlmor Lanes is located at 110 University Place (between 12th and 13th Streets). For more information visit www.bowlmor.com or call (212) 255-8188.
Next, former ROA cast member and current star of "The Addams Family", Wesley Taylor, made his headlining solo debut at Joe's Pub this past Monday and Friend of TCOTS "Liz" was able to capture it on video and was gracious enough to share with us, so take a peek!
Finally, for those of you in the Great White(snake) North, all of us at The Cry of the Strip would like to wish a rockin' BREAK A LEG to Rock of Ages Toronto on their upcoming epic opening night, Tuesday May 11th at the Royal Alexandria Theater! In the words of Status Quo, here's to "Rockin' All Over the World"!!!!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
The news just broke a few hours ago...
Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis will reprise his performance in the national tour of the 1980s-set rock musical Rock of Ages, which will launch Sept. 21 in Chicago.
Maroulis earned a 2009 Best Actor Tony Award nomination for portraying Drew, an aspiring musician with pipes of steel in the Tony-nominated musical. He originated the role in the Off-Broadway production at New World Stages in 2008.
Lead producers Matthew Weaver and Carl Levin stated, "[Constantine] is the heart and soul of our show, and we're thrilled that all of America will get to see his incredible performance."
Maroulis has also appeared on Broadway in The Wedding Singer, Off-Broadway in Jacques Brel… and the national tour of Rent. He is best known as a finalist on the 2005 season of "American Idol." A new solo CD is forthcoming.
Current tour dates include:
Philadelphia, PA (Nov. 30-Dec. 5 at the Hippodrome Theatre)
Boston, MA (Oct. 6-17 at the Colonial Theatre)
Minneapolis, MN (Oct. 19-24 at the Orpheum Theatre)
Cincinnati (Oct. 26-Nov. 7 at the Aronoff Center)
Pittsburgh, PA (Nov. 23-28 at the Benedum Center)
Columbus, OH (Dec. 7-12 at the Palace Theatre)
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Dec. 28, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011, at the Broward Center)
Orlando, FL (Jan. 11-16, 2011, at the Carr PAC)
Clearwater, FL (Jan. 18-23, 2011)
Louisville, KY (Jan. 25-30, 2011, at the Robert Whitney Hall)
Seattle, WA (Feb. 8-13, 2011, at the Paramount Theatre)
Los Angeles, CA (Feb. 15-27, 2011, at the Pantages Theatre)
Costa Mesa, CA (March 1-8, 2011)
Indianapolis, IN (April 12-17, 2011, at the Clowes Memorial Hall)
Des Moines, IA (April 19-24, 2011)
Kansas City, MO (May 3-8, 2011, at the Municipal Auditorium)
San Antonio, TX (May 10-15, 2011, at the Majestic Theatre)
Dallas, TX (May 31-June 12, 2011, at the AT&T PAC)
Houston, TX (May 31-June 12, 2011)
Washington, DC (July 12-24, 2011)
The Rock of Ages tour will reunite original director, Tony nominee Kristin Hanggi, and choreographer by Kelly Devine. The musical was penned by Chris D'Arienzo and features music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.
So if you can't get to the Brooks Atkinson, let the ROCK come to you!!!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Our newest TCOTS staff member, Anne Barnett, took the Rock of Ages Toronto bus trip from April 18-20 and wanted to share her adventures here with all of you kickass folks!
By: Anne Reeves aka Anne Barnett – “Sound Goddess”
The 14 chosen ones met at the BAT around 830 am. I was running late, nothing going right, phone got stolen, but made it in time. We actually took off late. The amazing bus furnished by Mirvish arrived shortly after. We were all in awe! We got to experience being true rock stars riding on our tour bus to our next big show. Smooth sailing out of NYC. We went through the Lincoln Tunnel, NJ, PA an up through NY State.
At the BAT, Mark Seeley approached me with a package that had my name on it. Tristan of Mirvish had sent me a camcorder to video tape the whole trip. We had a blast acting out scenes and singing along to the cast album. Right at the good part of “Don't Stop Believin'” the battery died. There was no power cord or charger in the box. I had a mini DV Cam and Wanda had a flip so we took tons of pics and what video we could, with what we had. I was honored they came to me about being the videographer.
On the way up we passed an Arby's, but no one was prepared so we didn't get our cameras out on time. We were all on alert for the next one. Sure enough, further along on the trip, “ARBY'S!!” I shouted, and the bus driver, Howard, pulled off the exit immediately, which made us believe he was eavesdropping on everything we were talking about.
The Toronto skyline looks very gothem-esque, grey and industrial. We arrived in Toronto at the Sheraton. The 10 hour bus ride seemed so short because we just laughed, sang and told stories the entire time. By the time we arrived we realized we were going to have a lifelong bond that no one can break.
They canceled my reservation, and then tried to upgrade us without telling us, but everything got straightened out. Our room had an amazing view of the CN tower, the second tallest completed freestanding structure on land. We also could look down and see a running track on the roof of a building and people swimming in a pool; it wasn't warm. We walked around town, which was beautiful at night; very clean streets and fresh air. We ate at East-Side Mario's, went into the lobby of the CN Tower (Amanda & Cheryl went up), and found our beloved Royal Alexandria Theatre.
The RAT (not to be confused with the BAT) was all lit up and sparkly in anticipation of her big event the next night. Even though it was dark, we snapped pictures, danced, sang and Daryl & Gavin demonstrated Dennis and Lonny's infamous lift from “Can't stop this feeling”. It was the end to an amazing day one!
In the morning, everyone kind of teamed up and went separate ways. It was hard to organize the full team due to no one wanted to use cells because of high rates, etc. Wanda and Gavin went to Casa Loma, Jenn, Daryl & Sarah went to the CN Tower for a day view and Christina & Michele checked out the shops and University of Toronto Campus. I hooked up with Cheryl & Amanda and we went window shopping, got drunk at the Steam Whistle Brewery and walked down the very Melrose-esque Queen Street. We came across a store on Queen Street called Bang On, walked in, and low and behold a mannequin with a t-shirt on that says “Beaver Hunter”! I’m serious! Totally random! Well, of course I just had to buy it for our favorite Primo (Jeremy Woodard) back in NYC. Most of us enjoyed meals throughout the day, at the food court in our fabulous Sheraton.
Back at the hotel we all got ready for the final invited dress rehearsal of ROA Toronto. Everyone looked amazing! Our chariot awaits. We go down to meet Howard, our amazing bus driver/tour guide and he greets us with his normal, sincere, “Hi guys”!
We arrived at the RAT (Royal Alexandria Theatre) like true “Rockstars” with cameras rolling and flashes going off. We broke into an amazing version of “Don’t Stop Believin’. The crowd acted like they had never seen such a spectacle.
We “stepped off the bus out into the city streets”, and were given our tickets and invites to the after party. To everyone’s surprise Mirvish really did hook us up (as Lonny stated), front row baby! Before, during and after the show we got interviewed by CityTV & Mirvish. It was a surreal, unexplainable experience.
Inside we found our amazing front row seats. Managed to get a couple quick pics & video of the stage b4 we were told to put the cameras away. Yeah, I know better, but the stage was too fabulous for words! It was pretty much the same with a few exceptions.
Stage right they had the pay phone, but it wasn’t on the same wall as NYC. Sherrie swung and fell off stage instead of swinging into the phone. In the back of the stage they had the screen which they showed way more videos and pics then the NYC production. David Coverdale was animated; hysterical. The stuff for obstructed/far view seats was shown on the screen as well. Under the screen was a balcony. Lonnie played his sax on the balcony. That was my favorite part of the stage. Under the balcony was the Arsenal stage and the drummer was behind a glass wall instead of a cage. Stage left was pretty much the same. The RAT stage was huge and less intimate the BAT stage and the theatre was longer from the back of the house to the stage.
Funniest moment, for me, was probably when Sherrie came out pregnant. Elicia’s baby bump was twice as big as Emily’s from the NYC production. And she was stuffed with “Primo money”, which started falling out from the bottom of her shirt during “Don’t Stop Believin’”. I joked that Primo got her pregnant instead of Drew, since he “shits money”. It was an ongoing joke the rest of the trip. I guess you can say her water broke. It was hysterical! They kept in character very well. I would have lost it.
Another great moment is when we were expecting Stacee to drunk stumble down the left aisle during ”Every Rose” and he didn’t come. When we all looked back so did the audience; bunch of followers. Stacee eventually turned up on the stairs, not sure where he came from. It was a long aisle to come down.
They added a few Canadian touches such as the Molson Canadian sign on the stage left wall. Yvan (Drew) added, “by way of Montreal” after Sherrie said, “Michigan”, during “Don’t Stop Believin’”. The video montage during “Can’t fight this feeling were Canadian images and they were at a Maple Leafs game at the end. The part where they are hanging with Sammy, CC & Deborah, changed to Sammy Hagar, CC DeVille, Bryan Adams, Anne Murray, and Gordon Lightfoot (Dennis: "You listen to Gordon Lightfoot?" Lonnie: "Sometimes."). And of course the renovation on another North American City became Toronto.
After the show we were invited to the after-show party. The whole cast and crew were there, and an open bar. We were told to be back on the bus at 1130, but were having too much fun to leave. Needless to say Howard left without some of us. But our hotel was within walking distance, so no worries. We were all concerned we wouldn’t recognize anyone in the cast without the makeup but with some assistance was able to meet almost everyone; we missed out on some of the understudies. During the show Drew hits Lonnie with a programme. No one in the audience received a programme. We asked Carl if we could have them and he left and came back with 14 of them. We were the only 14 people to get the programme at the final invited dress of ROA-Toronto.
After the show we walked back to our hotel and hung out in Daryl’s room for a couple hours. It was hard to go to sleep because no one wanted it to end.
We were hoping this day would not come. So sad that this most amazing trip of our lives was over. We got up around 7 and met for breakfast in the food court at 8. We thought we were supposed to meet the bus at 9, but were mistaken, it was actually 10. We joked that Howard probably left us again.
After loading up, we headed home. On the way home we actually pass right by Niagara falls, so we asked Howard if he could stop and he agreed. If you’ve never been there, it’s not something you can’t put into words. The whole experience of Niagara Falls was very surreal to me. I actually got very emotional. Oh and before we arrived at the falls, Howard pointed out the smallest church in the world as we passed by in Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario. It was so cute. And they actually have weddings there.
After a slight delay at the border crossing we were back in the US with memories that will last our lifetimes. Side note… when entering Canada, at the border crossing, you best know your bridges (inside joke).
The 10 hours home was a little less exciting. Most of us slept. It was an exhausting 3 days.
Finally familiar sights! As we were driving down RT 3, past the Meadowlands, with the Empire State Building in sight we noticed it was almost 930pm. We were excited at the possibility of our beloved NYC cast being able to see us and the bus as we arrived. Well, they had technical issues that caused an hour and fifteen minute intermission, so they missed our arrival. I was happy to hear they decided to finish the show. That’s why we love them. Some of us waited till the show finally ended. Most of the NYC cast came out to welcome us back and we got a couple group shots, my favorite being the one of us with Lauren, Derek and Mitch. They said they missed us and were happy to have us back.
We were happy to be back. It was the end to a perfect trip.
So that’s how our story wraps up, but in the case of the 14 strangers turned friends, the dreams we came in with were the dreams we left with and they ROCK!
Thanks Mirvish & ROA Toronto!!
Thank you to Anne's fellow ROA Toronto trippers Daryl, Sarah and Jenn for their photo coverage...and as a final treat...the video Anne shot for Mirvish (the Canadian producers of ROA)!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
While the ACTUAL date of the 1st birthday of Broadway's "Rock of Ages" is today (Wednesday, April 7), the show is dark, so a bash was thrown last night at Tony's di Napoli for the cast, crew, producers and Brooks Atkinson staff to celebrate the anniversary with lots of good food, speeches, music, and a gorgeous cake. However the highlight was a video created by the producers, featuring the fans of the show (including a few famous ones!) talking about how the show touched their lives.
Here it is...
In addition, the show's star, Constantine Maroulis was added to Tony di Napoli's Wall of fame with a portrait unveiling, hosted by restaurant manager Bruce Dipflmaier and Wall of Fame producer Valerie Smaldone. Here's a list of links to terrific photo and video coverage of the portrait's unveiling (we'll update the links as more sites post their coverage):
Congratulations to Constantine on the portrait and the "Rock of Ages" company on celebrating their first of hopefully many years of rocking hearts and melting faces all over the world!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
I'd like to take a moment to introduce all of you to the newest member of the staff here at The Cry of the Strip. She's a long-time Rock of Ages fan, a terrific writer and has spent years in the entertainment industry, running street teams for the likes of Def Leppard and Man Raze.
Please welcome our new Correspondent, "Anne Barnett...Sound Goddess"!
Her first assignment here at TCOTS will be covering the Rock of Ages Bus Trip to Toronto to see the Final Invited Dress Rehearsal of ROA Toronto later this month.
Follow her on Twitter and Facebook!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
On this rainy Monday in NYC, I thought I'd catch you all up with some upcoming projects for some of the current and past members of the "Rock of Ages" family...
Ready? Then let's go...
First up...a concert from current cast member Lauren Molina at the Duplex in the West Village on Wednesday, April 14th at 9:30pm. Here's the show in her own words...
I'm making a comeback to the trusty old Duplex. It's cozy, fun, and I guarantee a singalong. Please come and have a few laughs with me and my music making friends.For tickets and information, go to the Duplex web site.
It will be an evening of ukulele driven originals, and playful covers, layered with cello, guitar, banjo, and melodica.
I will be playing with Christian Imboden on guitar, and special guests Nick Cearley and Michele Mais, aka Maisey, from Rock of Ages
Next, speaking of Lauren, we have former ROA cast member and current "Addams Family" star Wesley Taylor...
Theatre World Award winner and Outer Critics Circle nominee Wesley Taylor (Addams Family, Rock of Ages) performs at Joe's Pub boasting special guests Matt Doyle (Spring Awakening, Bye Bye Birdie), Mitch Jarvis (Fiddler, Rock of Ages), Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages), and Krysta Rodriguez (Addams Family, In the Heights).
Joining him will be Mary Mitchell Campbell-MD/piano, Damien Bassman-drums, Jason Reischel-guitar, Christian Imboden-bass.
Monday, May 3rd, 11:30pm Joe's Pub-425 Lafayette St.
To buy tickets go to the Joe's Pub web site.
Last but definitely not least, news from one of the original "Rock of Ages "wonderstudies", Tad Wilson! He made the following announcement this morning and I thought I'd share it with all of you...
"It is official that I am joining the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert when it moves to Broadway in 2011. We will begin this summer with a tryout period in Toronto before coming in to NYC. As soon as we get theatre information for the Broadway run, I will let you know. Stay connected and spread the word. "
Please follow Tad on Twitter at @tadwilson and on his official web site.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
There's a new Drew in the Bourbon Room...Joey Taranto!
And of course, your friends here at TCOTS took some time to get the dish on this "wonderstudy"...enjoy!
Full Name: Joseph Sidney Taranto
Role(s) in “Rock of Ages”: Drew
Song you most looking forward to performing in the show: Oooooh, I really enjoy the "More than Words/Heaven" medley. I think the arrangement is beautiful.
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? I honestly I have no idea. At this point, performing is my only option.
Favorite 80's movie / TV show: "The Never Ending Story" is not only my favorite 80's movie, but my favorite movie of ALL time. "ARTEX!! YOU'RE SINKING!!!" My favorite TV show of the 80's? Probably "Gimme a Break" cause Nell Carter was way a head of her time.
If you could go back in time to see any band in concert with a song in "Rock of Ages", who would it be? Definitely Journey. Steve Perry was an AMAZING front man and I still haven't gotten over the fact that he left the band. WHHHHHHHHHY???
Please show Joey your support by becoming a follower on his Facebook Fan Page here.
Rock on and break a leg, Joey! Welcome to the ROA family!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
On a gorgeous, sunny, cool and breezy March afternoon in New York City, at the legendary Sardi's Restaurant, "Rock of Ages" star Constantine Maroulis was honored with a caricature portrait to hang in the restaurant's gallery of Broadway luminaries.
Along with current and past members of the "Rock of Ages" cast, family, and friends, veteran rocker (and Sopranos star) Steven Van Zandt also attended the event.
First, the big reveal...
Then...the man of the hour sat down to sign his portrait...
And finally, a shout out to all of us here on The Cry of the Strip!
For you still-photo fans, here are a few pics capturing the event:
Costantine and some of his "Rock of Ages" castmates
Constantine with his very proud sister Anastasia and mother Constance
Special guests Steven and Maureen Van Zandt with Constantine
Constantine and his portrait
And soon to grace the walls of Sardi's...
Congratulations, Constantine...and ROCK ON!
Monday, March 15, 2010
"American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis, who earned a 2009 Tony Award nomination for his performance in Rock of Ages, will be honored with a Sardi's caricature March 18.
The unveiling of the caricature will be held at 5 PM at the famed Manhattan eatery. The event is by-invitation-only.
A Brooklyn native, Constantine Maroulis is a graduate of both the Boston Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music. He trained as an apprentice at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and appeared as Roger in a tour of Rent. In addition to his performances on "American Idol," he has also been seen on "Law & Order: SVU" and in several independent films. Maroulis played a previous engagement at the Public Theater's Joe's Pub as well as a stint in Broadway's The Wedding Singer and Off-Broadway's Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. He was also seen in the Premier Theatre Company's production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
From all your friends at The Cry of the Strip...congratulations, Constantine, on this huge honor! We raise our wine coolers to you!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
"Just like every night has its dawn..."
...every role must be recast when beloved cast members leave...so here are is the official announcement on replacements this month for Kerry Butler (Sherrie) and Tom Lenk (Franz).
Emily Padgett will succeed Tony nominee Kerry Butler as Sherrie in the Broadway production of Rock of Ages March 15.Padgett (Grease, Legally Blonde), who has understudied the role since November, will take over for Butler, who departs March 13. Butler began performances in Rock of Ages Sept. 18.
Actor Tom Lenk, who succeeded current Addams Family actor Wesley Taylor in the role of Franz, will play his final performance in Rock of Ages March 21.
On March 22, the Broadway production will welcome Derek St. Pierre in his Broadway debut as Franz and Katie Webber (Memphis) as Waitress #1.We'll miss you, Kerry and Tom (look for a cabaret show from Kerry in the near future)...and congratulations to Emily on the "promotion" and welcome to Katie and Derek!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
This comes straight from ROA HQ in the back of Arsenal's tour bus...
So come on, feel the noize, share your story...and be a part of ROA history!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
With the help of the guys from "The Buried Life", one aspiring singer gets the chance to sing on Broadway...at our beloved "Rock of Ages"!
Here's a preview clip...
The show will air tomorrow, Monday, March 1st - as the show is syndicated, please check your local listings for channel and time (for NY-area peeps, that would be 10am on Channel 7 - WABC).
Monday, February 8, 2010
The powers that be at "Rock of Ages" have put together a very cool documentary telling the story of how the show went from a concept in the hearts, minds and ears of the producers...to the Tony-nominated, soon-to-be WORLDWIDE phenomenon it is today.
(Oh, and there's a little cameo from yours truly at :51)
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wanted to throw this video out there and let you know about some more wonderful efforts being made by the cast of "Rock of Ages" to help raise money for Haiti.
We are one!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Got lots of news items to cover today...catching you all up on some of the latest from the the Bourbon Room...
First, and most importantly...the cast of "Rock of Ages" have kicked off a fundraising campaign to assist the relief / rescue efforts in the aftermath of the tragedy in Haiti. Backstage tours are being offered for a donation of $100 for one person, $50 for each additional person (up to 4 total in a group), with one tour per performance. Please contact cast member Lauren Molina via her Facebook page or email me at email@example.com and I will forward your requests along to Lauren.
Next...it is hard to believe that "Rock of Ages" has been open on Broadway for almost ten months...New York Times reviewer Charles Isherwood revisits the Brooks Atkinson and gives yet another glowing review of the show. Read it here.
"Lungs of steel" (and star of ROA) Constantine Maroulis headlines the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan this Wednesday, January 20th. Opening for him will be his castmate Tom Lenk! Tickets for the show can be purchased online or at the Highline box office.
And finally, tickets are now on sale for Broadway Bears 13 at BB Kings in New York City on Sunday, February 14th, beginning at 6pm. Go to the Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS web site to purchase tickets and get more info...you could end up taking "Drew" home! The bear, that is...
That's all for now, folks...ROCK ON!!!
Friday, January 15, 2010
ROCK OF AGES is going global and we want you to show your pride in your hometown!
Make a 30- to 60-second video of yourself singing "Don't Stop Believin'" either in front of your town's most famous landmark (i.e. the Space Needle, the Golden Gate Bridge, the St. Louis Arch, etc.) or in a different language and upload it to Youtube for a chance to win an exclusive Rock Of Ages Prize Pack, which includes the official Broadway Cast Recording, a poster signed by the Broadway cast, cool T-shirts and more!
Entering is easy!
- Upload your video to YouTube
- Send the link via email to "RockOfAgesMusical@Gmail.com" with the subject line Don't Stop Believin' Video Contest. Please include your name and contact information!
- The Top 10 videos (chosen by the ROA team) will win the exclusive Rock Of Ages Prize Pack.
- All Submissions must be received before 5PM on January 29, 2010!
- Winners will be announced on February 7, 2010!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
You know how Drew, the lead character in "Rock of Ages," sometimes finds himself in situations so frustrating that you just want to reach out and give him a big hug?
Well, here's a chance to hug Drew anytime you want, and contribute to a VERY worthy cause!
The 14th Annual "Broadway Bears" Auction is coming up on February 14th at BB King's Bar and Grill in Manhattan and this year, "Rock of Ages" will have a bear up for sale.
This one-of-a-kind collectible bear was created by ROA costume guru Karl Ruckdeschel and he's allowed us here at TCOTS to give you a sneak peek at the Drew Bear!
For more information on the Broadway Bears event next month, go to the official site for BC/EFA.
Rock on...and good luck with your bidding!
Friday, January 1, 2010
Here's a special treat...last night in Toronto, the cast of the Canadian production of "Rock of Ages" performed as part of the city's New Year's Eve celebration. A fan recorded it and posted it on YouTube...
First, "Auld Lang Syne" and "Here I Go Again"
Then, "High Enough" and "Don't Stop Believin'"
With TWO "Rock of Ages" productions tearing up North America, this is indeed the year of the ROCK!!!
With wonderful 2010 wishes to my dear rockers,