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Rock of Ages (2006)

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Librettiste: Chris D’Arienzo

Rock of Ages est un rock/jukebox musical construit autour de grands tubes rock des années '80, en particulier des groupes 'metal' de la décennie. On retruve des morceaux signés Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison et Asia, entre autres.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

It’s the late 1980s and the final countdown is on for a legendary Hollywood rock club facing its demise at the hands of eager developers. When a young rocker hungry for his big break and a small town girl chasing her dreams land on the scene at this infamous venue, how far will ambition drive them? And will it be lights out for the club and all the regulars and rockers who have made it their home?

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Rock of Ages is a rock/jukebox musical, with a book by Chris D'Arienzo, built around classic rock hits from the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of the decade. The musical features songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison and Asia, among other well-known rock bands. It is directed by Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine with music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Ethan Popp. The show is noted for being more lighthearted and comedic than other shows on Broadway. During performance, the performers frequently break the "fourth wall", directly addressing the audience and seemingly forgetting (or perhaps reminding the audience) that they are actors in a play.

Particularités

1 Rock of Ages peut-être considéré comme un juke-box musical autour de la musique de Classic Rock Hits

 

Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

Early Development
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.

Off-Broadway (2008–09)
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.[3] Kelly Devine was the new choreographer, and Ethan Popp was brought in to help orchestrate new songs added to the production.

Broadway (2009–present)
The production transferred to Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre with previews beginning March 20, 2009, and officially opening on April 7, 2009.[4] 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.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Act I
"Just Like Paradise/Nothin' but a Good Time" – Lonny & Entire Company
"Sister Christian" – Sherrie, Drew, Mother, Father & Company
"Too Much Time on My Hands/We Built This City" – Drew, Dennis, Lonny, Stacee Jaxx, Regina, Franz, Hertz & Company
"I Wanna Rock" – Drew & Company
"We're Not Gonna Take It" – Regina & Ensemble
"More Than Words/Heaven/To Be with You" – Sherrie, Drew & Company
"Waiting for a Girl Like You" – Drew, Sherrie
"Wanted Dead or Alive" – Sherrie, Stacee Jaxx & Ensemble
"I Want to Know What Love Is" – Drew, Sherrie, Stacee Jaxx & Ensemble
"Cum on Feel the Noize/We're Not Gonna Take It (Reprise)" – Drew, Stacee Jaxx & Company
"Harden My Heart/Shadows of the Night" – Sherrie, Justice, Lonny & Company
"Here I Go Again" – Entire Company

Act II
"The Final Countdown" – Regina, Dennis, Lonny, Franz, Hertz & Ensemble
"Any Way You Want It/I Wanna Rock (Reprise)" – Drew, Sherrie, Justice, Record Company Men & Ensemble
"High Enough" – Sherrie, Drew & Company
"Beaver Hunt" – Arsenal
"I Hate Myself for Loving You/Heat of the Moment" – Sherrie, Drew, Stacee Jaxx & Company
"Hit Me with Your Best Shot" – Regina, Franz, Hertz & Ensemble
"Can't Fight This Feeling" – Dennis, Lonny & Company
"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" – Sherrie, Drew, Lonny, Dennis, Justice, Stacee Jaxx, Franz, Hertz & Ensemble
"Keep on Loving You" – Hertz †
"Oh Sherrie" – Drew, Sherrie & Ensemble
"The Search Is Over" – Drew, Sherrie & Company
"Renegade" – Stacee Jaxx and Company †
"Don't Stop Believin'" – Entire Company

† Not on Original Broadway Cast Recording
‡ The song "Rock of Ages" by Def Leppard is not in the musical because Universal Music Group did not grant licenses for the song. However, Def Leppard's original recording is often played after curtain call.

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Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Rock of Ages

Version 1

Rock of Ages (2006-01-Vanguard Hollywood-Los Angeles) (Original)
Durée : 1801 ans 3 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : dimanche 26 janvier 206
Première : dimanche 26 janvier 206
Dernière : samedi 18 février 2006
Mise en scène : Kristin Hanggi
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Drew ... James Snyder / Sherrie ... Laura Bell Bundy / Lonny ... Dan Finnerty / Stacee Jaxx ... Chris Hardwick / Dennis ... Kyle Gass / Franz ... Tom Lenk / Regina ... Patty Wortham / Justice ... Michele Mais / The Mayor ... Jeremy Rabb / Hertz ... David Holladay
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Version 2

Rock of Ages (2008-10-New World Stages Stage I-Off Broadway) (Original Off-Broadway)
Durée : 2 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 16 octobre 2008
Première : jeudi 16 octobre 2008
Dernière : dimanche 04 janvier 2009
Mise en scène : Kristin Hanggi
Chorégraphie : Kelly Devine
Avec : Drew ... Constantine Maroulis / Sherrie ... Kelli Barrett / Lonny ... Mitchell Jarvis / Stacee Jaxx ... Will Swenson / Dennis ... Adam Dannheisser / Franz ... Wesley Taylor / Regina ... Lauren Molina / Justice ... Michele Mais / The Mayor ... Brian Munn / Hertz ... Paul Schoeffler
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Version 3

Rock of Ages (2009-04-Broadway Rub-Brooks Atkinson Theatre) (Original Broadway)
Durée : 1 an 9 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 22 previews -
Première Preview : mardi 17 mars 2009
Première : mardi 07 avril 2009
Dernière : dimanche 09 janvier 2011
Mise en scène : Kristin Hanggi
Chorégraphie : Kelly Devine
Avec : Drew ... Constantine Maroulis / Sherrie ... Amy Spanger / Stacee Jaxx/Father ... James Carpinello / Dennis ... Adam Dannheisser / Lonny ... Mitchell Jarvis / Justice/Mother ... Michele Mais / Regina/Candi ... Lauren Molina / Young Groupie ... Angel Reed / Hertz ... Paul Schoeffler / Franz ... Wesley Taylor
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Version 4

Rock of Ages (2009-04-Broadway Run) (Original Broadway)
Durée : 5 ans 9 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 22 previews - 2328 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 17 mars 2009
Première : mardi 07 avril 2009
Dernière : dimanche 18 janvier 2015
Mise en scène : Kristin Hanggi
Chorégraphie : Kelly Devine
Avec : Drew ... Constantine Maroulis / Sherrie ... Amy Spanger / Stacee Jaxx/Father ... James Carpinello / Dennis ... Adam Dannheisser / Lonny ... Mitchell Jarvis / Justice/Mother ... Michele Mais / Regina/Candi ... Lauren Molina / Young Groupie ... Angel Reed / Hertz ... Paul Schoeffler / Franz ... Wesley Taylor
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Version 5

Rock of Ages (2010-05-Royal Alexandra Theatre-Toronto) (Revival)
Durée : 7 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 20 avril 2010
Première : mardi 11 mai 2010
Dernière : dimanche 02 janvier 2011
Mise en scène : Kristin Hanggi
Chorégraphie : Kelly Devine
Avec : Drew ... Yvan Pedneault / Sherrie ... Elicia MacKenzie / Lonny ... Aaron Walpole / Dennis ... David W. Keeley / Stacee Jaxx ... Peter Deiwick / Hertz ... Victor A. Young
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Version 6

Rock of Ages (2010-09-US Tour) (US Tour)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 15 septembre 2010
Première : mardi 21 septembre 2010
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Drew ... Constantine Maroulis / Stacee Jaxx ... MiG Ayesa / Dennis ... Nick Cordero / Sherrie ... Rebecca Faulkenberry / Lonny ... Patrick Lewallen / Justice ... Teresa Stanley / Regina ... Casey Tuma / Hertz ... Bret Tuomi / Franz ... Travis Walker / Ensemble ... Angela Brydon
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Version 7

Rock of Ages (2011-09-London Run) (Original London)
Durée : 2 ans 1 mois 1 semaine Se joue actuellement
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 31 août 2011
Première : mardi 27 septembre 2011
Dernière : Open end, ouvert actuellement jusqu'au sam 02 novembre 2013
Mise en scène : Kristin Hanggi
Chorégraphie : Kelly Devine
Avec : Drew ... Oliver Tompsett / Sherrie ... Amy Pemberton / Lonny ... Simon Lipkin / Dennis ... Justin Lee Collins / Stacee Jaxx ... Shayne Ward / Hertz ... Rohan Tickell / Justice ... Rachel McFarlane / Regina/Candi ... Jodie Jacobs / Franz ... Sandy Moffat / Mayor ... Nathan Amzi
Commentaires :
The Broadway show was re-created for the West End on September 27th 2011 (previews from August 31st). It received very mixed and mostly negative notices, but, once again, word of mouth triumphed.
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Version 8

Rock of Ages (2012-06-Film) (Film)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 01 juin 2012
Première : vendredi 01 juin 2012
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Adam Shankman
Chorégraphie : Adam Shankman
Avec : Drew ... Diego González Boneta / Sherrie ... Julianne Hough / Stacee Jaxx ... Tom Cruise / Dennis ... Alec Baldwin / Lonny ... Russell Brand / Justice ... Mary J. Blige / Paul Gill ... Paul Giamatti / Patricia ... Catherine Zeta-Jones / The Mayor ... Bryan Cranston / Constance ... Malin Akerman
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