ROCK OF AGES: TORONTO'S FAVORITE MUSICAL EXTENDED

Rock Of Ages

NOW PLAYING UNTIL OCTOBER 31, 2010

ROCK OF AGES, recently crowned the 2010 Audience Choice at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, is extending its Toronto engagement through October 31st. ROCK OF AGES had its Canadian Premiere on Tuesday May 11, 2010, almost blowing the roof off the historic Royal Alexandra Theatre.

This all-Canadian production of the Tony-nominated Broadway sensation is "impossible to resist," wrote Toronto Star critic Richard Ouzounian, who gave the production a four-star rating and raved about the cast, direction, choreography and every other aspect of the production.

“You’ll be swept up in the joy and fun!”
Michael Englebert, The New AM 740

"ROCK OF AGES IS AN 80'S PARTY CELEBRATION THAT EVERYONE IS INVITED TO"
Rudy Blair, 680 News

“Toronto has never been rocked harder! A rock for all ages!”
“Maddog” Jay Michaels, Virgin Radio

“Come on feel the noise – ROCK OF AGES is WILD, WILD, WILD! Rocks, rolls, romps and roars!"
Erin Davis, CHFI

“WOW! Totally FUN-tastic. ROCK ON!”
Maie Pauts, Boom 97.3

“ROCK OF AGES does everything big: Big songs, big hair and the biggest laughs you will have this year!”
Ben Mulroney, eTalk Daily

“Awesome! Toronto is lucky to have this rock spectacular! Raise your devil hornes high for ROCK OF AGES!”
Andy Wilson, Boom 97.3

ABOUT THE CAST

The show's two romantic leads are Yvan Pedneault as Drew - the raw, young rock ‘n’ roll talent with a set of pipes from the gods - and Elicia MacKenzie as Sherri – the impressionable young woman who comes to Los Angeles from small-town Kansas to become an actress.

Also starring are Aaron Walpole as Lonny, the quick-witted sound guy in the Sunset Strip’s Bourbon Room who acts as narrator for the story; David W. Keeley as Dennis, the owner of the Bourbon Room, Sunset Strip’s legendary music club; Peter Deiwick as Stacee Jaxx, the bad-ass, always "cocked and loaded" lead singer of the band Arsenal; Victor A. Young as Hertz, the seemingly evil businessman who wants to strip all the fun from the Sunset Strip and bring in a lifeless corporate culture. Also starring are Cody Scott Lancaster as Franz, Angela Teek as Justice and Josephine Rose Roberts as Regina, with (listed in alphabetical order) Tessa Alves (Young Groupie), Ashley Burton (Swing), Eric Coles (Joey Primo), Caleb Cosman (Swing), Tony LePage (Swing), Jennifer Mote (Ensemble), Carson Nattrass (Swing), Valerie Stanois (Swing & Dance Captain), Melvin Tunstall (Mayor, Ja'Keith) and Emily Williams (Constance).

ABOUT THE SHOW

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl meets a big city rocker and, in LA’s most famous rock club, they fall in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80s. It’s ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Foreigner, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more.

The songs include "Sister Christian," "We Built This City," "I Wanna Rock," "We're Not Gonna Take It," "Waiting For A Girl Like You," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "I Want To Know What Love Is," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Renegade," and, of course, "Don't Stop Believin'."

It’s an awesomely good time, a musical joyride about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on.

Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, ROCK OF AGES took Broadway by storm when it opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in April 2009. “Absurdly enjoyable” raved New York Times critic Charles Isherwood. “About as guilty as pleasure gets! The siren call of those screaming guitars and singalong choruses is impossible to resist.” Spin Magazine declared the show “Pure Broadway Gold!” Entertainment Weekly gushed that ROCK OF AGES was “more fun than it has any right to be.”

“ROCK OF AGES is a nonstop party laden with sexy choreography, energetic performances and an on-stage band that totally rocks the house” proclaimed The Associated Press. And The New York Post said, “ROCK OF AGES does for '80s rock what Mamma Mia! did for ABBA.”

THE CREATIVE TEAM

The show is written by Chris D’Arienzo (writer and director of the upcoming film Barry Munday), directed by Tony nominee Kristin Hanggi (Bare, Pussycat Dolls on the Sunset Strip) and choreographed by Kelly Devine (Associate Choreographer for Jersey Boys).

Scenic design is by Beowulf Boritt (Spelling Bee, LoveMusik); costume design is by Tony nominee Gregory Gale (Cyrano, The Wedding Singer); lighting design is by Jason Lyons (The Threepenny Opera); sound design is by Tony nominee Peter Hylenski (Shrek); and projection design is by Zachary Borovay (A Catered Affair). The Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations are by Ethan Popp (Tarzan) with original arrangements by David Gibbs (Film: That Thing You Do).

The Canadian production of ROCK OF AGES is produced by Matthew Weaver, Carl Levin, Jeff Davis, Barry Habib, Scott Prisand, Relativity Media, and David Mirvish, with Corner Store Fund, Janet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver, Ryan Kavanaugh, Toni Habib, Simon & Stefany Bergson, John & Susan Jerit, Doug Feurring, Mariano Tolentino, Israel Wolfson, Craig Cozza, Happy Walters, Laura Smith, Bill Bodnar, Sara Katz, Michael Minarik, Prospect Pictures and The Araca Group.

BACKGROUND

ROCK OF AGES had its world premiere in January, 2006, at the Vanguard in Los Angeles for a limited four-week run that was extended to seven weeks by popular demand. The Off-Broadway engagement began October 2008 at New World Stages and played for three months before work began on the Broadway debut. New Line Cinema recently bought the film rights to the musical. The Toronto engagement is the show’s first international production.

TICKET INFORMATION

ROCK OF AGES now extended to October 31, 2010 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King Street West, Toronto

Prices are $28 to $99.

Call Ticketking at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.

Online sales at www.mirvish.com

Performance schedule: Tuesdays - Saturdays at 8 PM; matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM; and Sunday evenings at 7PM.

New Theatre/Hotel Package Now Available --

Top-Price Ticket, One Night Stay at the Sheraton Centre Toronto or Westin Harbour Castle Hotel,

A Three-Course Dinner at one of a dozen Top Restaurants -- Only $169 per person, double-occupancy, plus hotel taxes and fees

ROCK OF AGES in Toronto is sponsored by Air Canada.

The production’s official hotels are the Sheraton Centre Toronto and the Westin Harbour Castle.