Waterfront Playhouse – Rock of Ages, opening on December 1

The Waterfront Playhouse on Mallory Square will transport audiences back to the 80’s with the hit musical Rock of Ages, opening December 1 and playing through December 17. A sneak preview will be on Wednesday November 30 and the 2pm Saturday matinee on December 10. For tickets call 305-294-5015 or visit www.waterfrontplayhouse.org.

Rock of Ages started life in a little club on Hollywood Boulevard before hitting the big time, racking up thousands of performances in a dozen countries – meaning that it’s actually living the dream to which its characters can only aspire. The jukebox musical is filled with so many classic rock anthems – Here I Go Again, Don’t Stop Believin’, The Final Countdown, and more – that it’s no wonder it’s become such a global sensation. Nominated for a 2009 Tony Award, this musical proves “if you wanna rock, then you’re in for nothin’ but a good time.”

Brendan Daugherty and Sarah McKinney are the star-crossed Sherrie and Drew. 

Michael Spaziani plays the salacious Stacee Jaxx – who, as he sings on Wanted Dead or Alive, really has seen a million faces and rocked them all. 

There’s also some serious powerhouse support by Oliva White, Talitha Jones, Andrew Theede, and Zachary Franchini as Franz (a German Pee-Wee Herman, don’tcha know?) 

The shows narrator, Lonny, is played by local Ray West and his partner in business and in life, Dennis Dupree, is played by Jack D’Emilio: imagine if Axl Rose mellowed and started really investing in fringed jackets, and you’re pretty much there. Mathias Maloff, Andie Rose Roberts, Tyler Gallaher, Ervin Tumm, Jillian Todd and Tino Araujo play a multitude of roles. 

Directed by Tom Thayer, designed by Michael Boyer, choreographer by Carolyn Cooper, music directed by Roberta Jacyshyn with lighting by Kim Hansen. Expect high energy, big hair, big music from the on stage band, skimpy clothes, and lots of laughs.  With a  book by Chris D’Arienzo Rock of Ages isn’t a show that behaves itself: it’s chaotic, it’s crude, and it makes lowbrow look high – but when it rocks, it rolls. Come ready to have a blast as Rock of Ages will be the best party in Key West!

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