Rodney Rigby for Newtheatricals and the Hon Tim Holding, Minister for Tourism and Major Events, today announced that the critically acclaimed, five-time Tony Award® nominated Broadway musical ROCK OF AGES will open at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, in April 2011.
ROCK OF AGES will be produced in Australia by Rodney Rigby together with Broadway producers Carl Levin, Matthew Weaver, Jeff Davis, Barry Habib, Scott Prisand, Janet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver and Corner Store Fund with the support of the Victorian Major Events Company. Producer Carl Levin said “The excitement and cultural vibrancy of the Melbourne arts scene made it a natural choice for our Australian premiere. We are thrilled to be in partnership with Rodney Rigby and Newtheatricals. Their shows rock.” Matt Weaver, Producer said “"Even when ROCK OF AGES was playing in a bar on Hollywood Boulevard we would dream about one day playing in Australia, so to now be partnered with Rodney Rigby and opening at the Comedy Theatre well... it's a dream come true".
ROCK OF AGES is a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs such as: ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’, ‘The Final Countdown’, ‘We Built This City’ and ‘More Than Words’ by iconic rockers such as Foreigner, Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Poison, Starship, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more.
Set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl meets a big-city dreamer and in L.A.’s most legendary rock club, they fall in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80s. It’s an awesomely good time where big hair meets big dreams in a Rock ‘n’ Roll comedy romance.
Following an extremely successful Off Broadway run in October 2008 and a bidding war over the film rights in which New Line Cinema won, and Adam Shankman (HAIRSPRAY) is directing, ROCK OF AGES transferred to Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre in April 2009 to critical acclaim and continued audience adoration.
ROCK OF AGES was nominated for five 2009 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical, and Best Sound Design for a Musical.
New Line Records released the Original Broadway Cast Recording digitally in June 2009; it features 28 songs from the show.
ROCK OF AGES opens in Toronto in April 2010, with the US National Tour in September 2010, followed by openings in London, Las Vegas, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Japan and Korea.
“ROCK OF AGES is one of the most extraordinary theatre experiences of my life. There is no better city than Melbourne and its Comedy Theatre in which to re-create the unique Broadway event that is ROCK OF AGES” – Rodney Rigby, Newtheatricals.