Los Angeles (2005, 2006)
The musical premiered on July 27, 2005 in Los Angeles at King King, a club on Hollywood Boulevard. It moved to the Vanguard Hollywood in January 2006 where it played for six weeks. Chris D'Arienzo's book was directed by Kristin Hanggi, with choreography by RJ Durell. Orchestrations and arrangements were by David Gibbs and Kyle Puccia. Gibbs has also played guitar in the onstage band, Arsenal. Laura Bell Bundy played the role of Sherrie in this early production.
Following a successful run at the Vanguard, the show then moved to Ren-Mar studios, where it played to sold out crowds. In May 2006 there was a short run at the Flamingo in Las Vegas.
The musical opened Off-Broadway at New World Stages on October 16, 2008 and ran through January 4, 2009, featuring Constantine Maroulis, Paul Schoeffler and Will Swenson. Kelly Devine was the new choreographer, and Ethan Popp was brought in to help orchestrate new songs added to the production.
The production transferred to Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre with previews beginning March 20, 2009, and officially opening on April 7, 2009. The Broadway production temporarily closed on January 9, 2011 and moved to the Helen Hayes Theatre on March 24, 2011.
The show's band has significant stage time compared to other musicals' bands and orchestras. The band dresses in typical metalhead costumes, fitting with their role as Stacee's back up band, and they are always on stage. The drummer plays inside a cage with a sign on it that says "Please don't feed the drummer". One of the guitarists in the stage band, Joel Hoekstra, is a member of Night Ranger (whose hit "Sister Christian" is performed in the show) and Trans Siberian Orchestra. Another guitarist Tommy Kessler is also a member of the band Blondie.
West End (2011–present)
The UK production premiered in the West End of London on August 31, 2011 at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Opening night took place on September 27, 2011.
Natalie Andreou (who replaced Amy Pemberton three weeks into the run) and Oliver Tompsett play the show's young lovers, Midwestern transplant Sherrie Christian and wannabe rocker Drew Boley.
Celebrities Justin Lee Collins and Shayne Ward star as Dennis DuPree and Stacee Jaxx respectively.
The cast also features Simon Lipkin (Lonny), Rohan Tickell (Hertz), Rachel McFarlane (Justice/Mother), Jodie Jacobs (Regina/Candi) and Sandy Moffat (Franz), as well as Nathan Amzi (The Mayor), Grant Anthony, Scarlette Douglas, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Cordelia Farnworth, Ian McIntosh, Twinnie Lee Moore (Waitress Number 1), Jamie Muscato, Andrew Spillett, Zizi Strallen (Constance/Dream Sherrie), Amy Thornton (Young Groupie) and Dylan Turner (Joey Primo).
Amy Pemberton's early departure from the show was due to contracting glandular fever; she only managed to perform in the first week of previews and West End Live 2011. She remained on leave from the show for several months, with Natalie Andreou filling in, until it was decided that she would no longer continue the role and Natalie made official full-time Sherrie. However, Pemberton remains in pictures stills in the 2011-2012 program and main show advertising board displayed at the theatre.
It has been confirmed that Oliver Tompsett, Shayne Ward, Justin Lee Collins, Zizi Strallen, Amy Thorton, Twinnee Lee Moore, Jamie Muscato and Dylan Turner will depart the show on September 23, 2012; Natalie Andreou (Sherrie), Simon Lipkin (Lonny), Rohan Tickell (Hertz), Rachel McFarlane (Justice/Mother), Jodie Jacobs (Regina/Candi) and Sandy Moffat (Franz), as well as Nathan Amzi (The Mayor), Scarlette Douglas, Carly Mercedes Dyer,(Waitress Number 1) Cordelia Farnworth, Ian McIntosh, Grant Anthony & Andrew Spillett are all due to remain with the cast.
On August 22, 2012 via Twitter that Ross Hunter will be replacing Oliver Tompsett as Drew. On September 16, 2012, the Rock of Ages London Facebook page it was announced that Tim Howar and Daniel Fletcher will take over as Stacee Jaxx and Dennis Dupree. It has since been announced that Tim Driesen will be playing the role of Drew every Tuesday until the transfer of the show from the Shaftesbury Theatre to the Garrick Theatre in January 2013.