Rock of Ages to strut back into the West End?
Rock jukebox musical Rock of Ages could be returning to the London stage soon.
Last week, the production shared a video teasing the show’s return with the tagline “Here We Go Again”. The video is available to view on the musical’s website.
Featuring hits spanning several decades of modern rock music (but focussing on the 1980s), Rock of Ages told the story of a “small town girl” who falls for a “big city rocker” who fall in love in a famous LA rock club. It includes the songs “I Wanna Know what Love Is”, “We Built This City”, “Dead or Alive” and “The Final Countdown”.
Dates, casting and a venue are yet to be announced.
The production premiered in Los Angeles in 2005 before transferring to Broadway in 2009 where it became the 29th-longest running show in Broadway history after 2,328 performances. The original Los Angeles cast included comedian Chris Hardwick, musician Kyle Gass (one-half of the band Tenacious D with Jack Black), and Laura Bell Bundy, who originated the role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde.
It came to the UK in 2011 when it ran at the Shaftesbury Theatre. It starred Wicked actor Oliver Tompsett, X Factor winner Shayne Ward, Avenue Q actor Simon Lipkin, comedian Justin Lee Collins and Amy Pemberton, known for her role in Doctor Who. After a run at the Shaftesbury, it transferred to the Garrick and ran until November 2013. It then embarked on a UK tour in 2014, finishing at the New Wimbledon Theatre in November 2014.
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