A one-night-only bi-coastal livestream jam-fest by alumni of the five-time Tony-nominated rock musical sensation Rock of Ages will celebrate the 12th anniversary of its opening on Broadway and its place as the 30th longest-running show in Broadway history with the Rock of Ages: All-Star Reunion Concert. Streaming live from the Rock of Ages Hollywood stage of The Bourbon Room on LA’s Sunset Strip, the special event, with surprise performances from NYC, will air on Saturday, April 24, at 8 pm ET, exclusively on Stellar – the hot new digital platform launched in October 2020, to keep the entertainment industry alive and audiences engaged during the pandemic and beyond. So if you’re looking for “nothin’ but a good time,” get ready to “stream at the top of your lungs.”
Conceived and written by Chris D’Arienzo, Rock of Ages had its world premiere in a six-week engagement at The Vanguard Hollywood nightclub in Los Angeles in January 2006, before opening a limited run at The Flamingo in Las Vegas that May. It then made its New York debut at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages in October 2008, starring Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis, before transferring to Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre in April 2009. It later moved to the Helen Hayes Theatre on March 24, 2011, where it continued for another four years, grossing $129 million and breaking the theater’s box office record ten times.
In addition to being a smash on Broadway, Rock of Ages played the Las Vegas Strip at The Venetian Resort, Norwegian’s cruise ship The Breakaway, four US National Tours, and internationally in Toronto, Australia, London’s West End, and on a UK tour. It also has licensed productions in Mexico, Sweden, Korea, Japan, The Philippines, and more. In 2012, it was adapted for the silver screen as a major motion picture starring Tom Cruise.
Most recently, Rock of Ages opened a 10th anniversary revival back at New World Stages and an immersive production at the Bourbon Room, starring Frankie Grande and the late Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero (who lost his battle with COVID-19 on July 5, 2020).
For the all-star reunion, D’Arienzo co-directs with Tony Award nominee Kristin Hanggi, and both will make appearances in the livestream, alongside acclaimed musician Dave Gibbs, who created the show’s original music arrangements. The concert will feature live performances of the greatest hair-rock hits and power ballads of the 1980s, including Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive,” Foreigner’s “I Wanna Know What Love Is,” Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,” the blockbuster anthem “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, and many more, by a “supergroup” line-up of Rock of Ages veterans from the original cast and subsequent productions.
Rocking the broadcast with exclusive performances and special messages to fans worldwide are: Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis (original Off-Broadway, Broadway, and First National Tour cast; American Idol); Tony Award nominee Laura Bell Bundy (original LA cast; Legally Blonde: The Musical); Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider (Broadway cast); TV and Broadway star Frankie Grande (Broadway and Hollywood cast; Big Brother); TV and recording artist Willam (original LA cast; Ru Paul’s Drag Race); film star and comedian Dan Finnerty (original LA cast); Emmy Award nominee Dot-Marie Jones (10th anniversary production; Glee); TV and stage star Tom Lenk (Broadway cast); stage star Andre Ward (original Off-Broadway and Broadway cast; Something Rotten); Tony nominee Kerry Butler (Broadway cast; Beetlejuice); James Carpinello (original Broadway cast; The Blacklist); James Snyder (original LA cast; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child); Adam Dannheisser (original Off-Broadway and Broadway cast; Beetlejuice); Amy Spanger (original Broadway cast; Kiss Me, Kate); Lauren Molina (original Broadway cast; Desperate Measures); Michele Mais (original LA, Off-Broadway, and Broadway cast); Callandra Olivia (Hollywood cast); Matt Wolpe (Hollywood and 10th anniversary cast; Finding Neverland); Regina LeVert (Hollywood cast; Frozen Live); Grammy Award-winning Tenacious D musician Kyle Gass (original LA production); Emmy Award-winning comedian and television host Chris Hardwick (original LA production); Drama Desk-nominated Broadway star Kate Rockwell (Broadway cast; Mean Girls); Helen Hayes Award winner Mitchell Jarvis (original Off-Broadway and Broadway cast; Getting’ the Band Back Together); Theatre World Award winner Wesley Taylor (original Broadway cast; SpongeBob SquarePants); and stage and recording artist Becca Kötte (Las Vegas cast; Gettin’ The Band Back Together).