Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

by  Chris D'Arienzo

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  7m, 10f

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri, and the gang save the strip–and themselves–before it's too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer.

Rock of Ages is ready to rock WORLDWIDE!
 

Rock of Ages is ready to rock HIGH SCHOOLS!

To purchase the Original Broadway Cast Recording, click here

Rock of Ages takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award -nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others.

This title is only available as a rented manuscript, and must be returned at end of rental period.

Note on Digital Perusal: Samuel French's new digital perusal process grants easy, digital access to music perusals while protecting the intellectual property of our composers, book writers, and lyricists. Samuel French perusals are intended to be used for finding the perfect show to fit your theater, casting pool, and resources. Perusals should be used to get acquainted with the music and script. They cannot be used to hold auditions, produce the show without a license, or find sheet music for a separate performance.



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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 10f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri, and the gang save the strip–and themselves–before it's too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer.

Rock of Ages is ready to rock WORLDWIDE!
 

Rock of Ages is ready to rock HIGH SCHOOLS!

To purchase the Original Broadway Cast Recording, click here

Rock of Ages takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award -nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others.

This title is only available as a rented manuscript, and must be returned at end of rental period.

Note on Digital Perusal: Samuel French's new digital perusal process grants easy, digital access to music perusals while protecting the intellectual property of our composers, book writers, and lyricists. Samuel French perusals are intended to be used for finding the perfect show to fit your theater, casting pool, and resources. Perusals should be used to get acquainted with the music and script. They cannot be used to hold auditions, produce the show without a license, or find sheet music for a separate performance.


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Accolades

  • Nominated for Five Tony Awards Including Best Musical!

Reviews

"A seriously silly, absurdly enjoyable arena-rock musical...the performances blend sincere conviction and knowing parody. I never would have guessed that wine coolers could age this well!” – New York Times, READ MORE

“As the show opens with blinding lights, shredding guitars and hammer-handed drumming, even nonbelievers may start inhaling the Aqua Net and embracing their inner rocker.” – Variety, READ MORE

“Even doubters will be wiping tears from their Wayfarers. Rock of Ages is the power-ballad decade in all its glory, tricked out with big perms, bigger dreams, and the kind of operatic ecstasy you read about only in bathroom stalls.” – Entertainment Weekly, READ MORE

"Rock of Ages may be a guilty pleasure but it is certainly a pleasure." - British Theatre Guide, READ MORE

Check out the opening night in Manchester

ON BREAKING CHARACTER

Our Picks For The 2019/20 Season
Lawrence Haynes
January 7, 2019

Videos

  • TV Promo - Rock of Ages
  • Opening Night - Rock of Ages
  • Here I Go Again - Rock of Ages
  • Rock of Ages Tony Awards Medley
  • Rock of Ages Across the Country
  • Fan Promo - Rock of Ages
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Considerations

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
    Performance rights for this title are currently withdrawn.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    The Bourbon Room, Hollywood, CA

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Song Samples

Just Like Paradise / Nothin' But A Good Time
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Sister Christian
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We Built This City / Too Much Time On My Hands
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Heaven / More Than Words / To Be With You
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Waiting For A Girl Like You
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I Want To Know What Love Is
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Cum On Feel The Noise / We're Not Gonna Take It (Reprise)
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Harden My Heart / Shadows Of The Night
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Here I Go Again
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The Final Countdown
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Any Way You Want It / I Wanna Rock (Reprise)
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High Enough
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I Hate Myself For Loving You / Heat Of The Moment
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Hit Me With Your Best Shot
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Can't Fight This Feeling
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Every Rose Has It's Thorn
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Oh Sherrie
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The Search Is Over
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Finale: Don't Stop Believin'
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Sample Track ROCK OF AGES Samphony
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Casting

7m, 10f
DREW 
SHERRIE 
LONNY
DENNIS DUPREE 
STACEE JAXX/FATHER
JUSTICE/MOTHER
HERTZ KLINEMANN 
FRANZ KLINEMANN 
REGINA 
MAYOR/JA'KEITH/ENSEMBLE 
JOEY PRIMO/ENSEMBLE
FEMALE ENSEMBLE 
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Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

2 Piano/Conductor Scores
17 Vocal/Chorus Books
20 Scripts
1 Data Disk (Containing Beaver Hunt Remix)

Guitar 1
Guitar 2
Bass
Drums

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Authors

Chris D'Arienzo

Chris created the five-time Tony-nominated musical “Rock Of Ages,” the 27th longest running show in Broadway history. Since its inception, “Rock Of Ages” has employed nearly 4,000 people with productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, 3 National Tours, the West End, as well as productions in Australia, Scandinavia, Toronto ...

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Rock of Ages opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 7 April 2009 and is currently playing at the Helen Hayes Theatre. As of 31 August 2014, it is the 30th longest running show with 2168 performances.

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