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Photo Flash: ROCK OF AGES Enters 'The Final Countdown' in Rehearsal at Drury Lane

August 16, 2017 at 10:24 AM

Original Article: https://www.broadwayworld.com/chicago/article/Photo-Flash-ROCK-OF-AGES-Enters-The-Final-Countdown-in-Rehearsal-at-Drury-Lane-20170816

Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2017-2018 season with the regional premiere of the powerhouse musical tribute to the 1980s, Rock of Ages, with book by Chris D'Arienzo, arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp, and directed by Scott Weinstein. Rock of Ages runs August 24 - October 15, 2017 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The Press Opening is Thursday, September 7, 2017. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below!

Principle casting includes: Russell Mernagh (Drew), Cherry Torres (Sherrie), Nicholas Druzbanski (Lonny), Adam Michaels (Stacee Jaxx), and Gene Weygandt (Dennis) with Nick Cosgrove (Franz), George Keating (Hertz), Donica Lynn (Justice), and Tiffany Tatreau(Regina). Additional casting includes: Andrea Collier, Annie Joe Ermel, Michael FerraroSharriese HamiltonColte Julian, Lindsay Prerost, and Sawyer Smith.

In addition to Director Scott Weinstein, the creative team also includes Stephanie Klemons (choreography), Roberta Duchak (music direction), Jeffrey D. Kmiec (scenic design), Theresa Ham (costume design), Greg Hofmann (lighting design), Ray Nardelli (sound design) and Rasean Davonte Johnson (projection design). The production stage manager is Larry Baker.

We can't fight this feelin' anymore! Rock back to a time of big egos, big guitar solos, and even bigger hair with Rock of Ages. Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Rock of Ages features 28 classic 80s hits from legendary artists Bon Jovi, Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar, Poison, REO Speedwagon and more. Audiences will have "Nothin' but a Good Time" as they jam out to reimagined renditions and mash-ups of "Don't Stop Believin,'" "Here I Go Again," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "The Final Countdown," and other rock favorites in this Regional Premiere. Set during the tail end of the big, bad 1980s, Rock of Ages follows aspiring rock star Drew and small-town girl Sherri as they fight to save Hollywood's Sunset Strip. Don't miss a musical so awesome, you'll want to rock out again and again! Scott Weinstein, 2015 Joseph Jefferson Award winner for production and direction of his astonishing staging of Rent, directs Rock of Ages, with choreography by Drama Desk Award-winner Stephanie Klemons, who most recently served as associate choreographer for Hamilton.

Visit DruryLaneTheatre.com for tickets and more information.

Photo Credit: Brett Beiner

Photo Flash: ROCK OF AGES Enters 'The Final Countdown' in Rehearsal at Drury Lane
Adam Michaels as Stacee Jaxx

Photo Flash: ROCK OF AGES Enters 'The Final Countdown' in Rehearsal at Drury Lane
Choreographer Stephanie Klemons working with the ensemble

Photo Flash: ROCK OF AGES Enters 'The Final Countdown' in Rehearsal at Drury Lane
Director Scott Weinstein giving lead Cherry Torres inspiration on her character Sherry

Photo Flash: ROCK OF AGES Enters 'The Final Countdown' in Rehearsal at Drury Lane
Drew (Russell Mernagh) and Sherrie (Cherry Torres) fall in love as assistant choreography Jena VanElslander looks on

Photo Flash: ROCK OF AGES Enters 'The Final Countdown' in Rehearsal at Drury Lane
Lenny (Nicholas Druzbanski) and Dennis (Gene Weygandt)

Photo Flash: ROCK OF AGES Enters 'The Final Countdown' in Rehearsal at Drury Lane
Mother (Donica Lynn) warns Sherrie about the dangers of the rock and roll lifestyle

Photo Flash: ROCK OF AGES Enters 'The Final Countdown' in Rehearsal at Drury Lane
Sherrie (Cherry Torres) dreaming of fame as Stacee Jaxx (Adam Michaels) and the bartender looks on (Ensemble members Colte Julian and Sharriese Hamilton)

Photo Flash: ROCK OF AGES Enters 'The Final Countdown' in Rehearsal at Drury Lane
Sherrie (Cherry Torres) sings about moving to the bright lights of the Sunset Strip