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Archive for Rock of Ages

It’s every understudy’s dream come true! Savannah Wise will officially take over as Sherrie in Broadway’s Rock of Ages

When Amy Spanger dropped out of Rock of Ages after the Tony Awards and did not return for the scheduled June 29th performance for “personal reasons,” the original understudy for the role, Savannah Wise (Les Misérables), stepped in until producers found a replacement.

But, as shows went on producers couldn’t find a better replacement: “It is that rare and fortunate instance in show business where it becomes necessary for the understudy to step into the role and she exceeds your wildest expectations.”

It really is every understudy’s dream come true. Savannah Wise is the official Sherrie, effective immediately.

Rock of Ages Cast Album Hits Stores Today (and is Half-Priced on Amazon.com)

The Rock of Ages cast album hits stores today and is half-priced on amazon.com for a limited time!

The recording features 2009 Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis (The Wedding Singer), Amy Spanger (The Wedding Singer, Kiss Me Kate), James Carpinello (Saturday Night Fever), Adam Dannheisser, Mitchell Jarvis (Fiddler on the Roof), Michele Mais, Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd), Paul Schoeffler (Sweet Charity, Nine), Wesley Taylor, Ericka Hunter (Flower Drum Song, 42nd Street), Jeremy Jordan, Michael Minarik (Les Miserables), Angel Reed, Bahiyah Sayyed-Gaines (Pal Joey, The Color Purple), Katherine Tokarz (White Christmas, A Chorus Line), Andre Ward (Xanadu, The Producers), Savannah Wise (Les Miserables), Tad Wilson (The Full Monty) and Jeremy Woodard (Glory Days).

Order the CD from amazon.com now!

Rock of Ages Attempting to Break Air Guitar Guinness World Record

The cast and crew of the Tony-nominated Best Musical Rock Of Ages will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble on Wednesday, July 1st. The event will start at 1:30 pm PST, and will be streamed live on Ustream here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/us-air-guitar-world-record

The ensemble will include Tony Award Nominee Constantine Maroulis, 2007 National Air Guitar Champion Andrew “William Ocean” Litz, the matinee audience and fans.

Amy Spanger will not return to Rock of Ages

Amy Spanger, who created the role of Sherrie in Rock of Ages, left the show for some vocal rest after the Tony Awards and was expected to return on June 29; however, a new press statement issued today announced that she will not return due to “personal reasons.” Savannah Wise will continue to play the role until a permanent replacement has been found.

Headed to Broadway, eyeing Broadway and cast albums

A couple new shows are officially headed to Broadway…

Fela!, based on the life of African composer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, played Off Broadway last fall for a limited engagement to great success. Spring Awakening’s Bill T. Jones directs, with a lot of the same cast lined up for the fall 2008 Broadway run at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. Previews start Oct 19, Opening night is Nov. 23.

Also announced yesterday was Trevor Nunn’s London revival of A Little Night Music, which is on its way to the Jujamcyn Theatre. According to a casting notice, all roles are open for the Broadway run and dates are still “tentative.” Carolyn Humphris, Tom Murray, Lynne Page, who all worked on the West End production will be joining Nunn in NYC. The London cast stars Hannah Waddingham as Desiree, Maureen Lipman as Madame Armfeldt, Alexander Hanson as Fredrik, Kelly Price as Countess Charlotte Malcolm and Jessie Buckley as Anne Egerman.

Eyeing Broadway…

It appears that the Kennedy Center’s Ragtime is eyeing a Broadway run, under the supervision of Marcia Milgrom Dodge, who directed and choreographed the D.C. production and music director James Moore. It will be produced on Broadway by The Kennedy Center, Kevin McCollum, Emanuel Azenberg, Max Cooper, Maberry Theatricals, Jeffrey Sine, Scott Delman, Roy Furman and Roger Berlind. No dates have been announced and the audition notice claims that all roles are currently available.

In cast album land…

The cast album for 9 to 5 will be released on July 14 by Dolly’s own record label.


And according to USA Today, the cast recording for Rock of Ages is doing very well in digital land – entering the digital albums chart at #34 charting at #193 on the Top 200. The non-digital version will be released in stores on July 7, pre-order it now!


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