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Preview: Rock Of Ages The Musical at Sunderland Empire

Rock Of Ages The Musical

Sunderland Empire 28 July – 2 August 2014
Ben Richards stars as Stacee Jaxx
Noel Sullivan stars as Drew Boley

Following a three-year run in London’s West End, audiences around the country will get the chance to enjoy Rock Of Ages The Musical as it embarks on a UK tour, calling at the Sunderland Empire from 28 July – 2 August 2014.

Rock Of Ages The Musical is the ultimate rock mix-tape musical, an hilarious story of dreams, love and - of course - rock. A celebration of classic 80s rock culture, the show tells the story of a small town girl and a big city rocker falling in love to the greatest songs of the decade. Featuring memorable tunes such as ‘We Built This City’, ‘The Final Countdown’, ‘I Wanna Know What Love Is’ and ‘Don’t Stop Believin’, the show brings its wild celebration of Los Angeles rock culture to the UK. Warning: this show may unleash your inner rock god, and have you reaching for your air guitar in the aisles.  

Ben Richards will star as rock god Stacee Jaxx, with more casting to be announced soon. Richards is best known for playing Bruno Milligan in ITV hit-television series Footballers Wives, along with roles in The Billand Holby City, and as a regular judge on the BBC’s Strictly Dance Fever. He returns to the stage in Rock of Ages after an extensive career in London’s West End and around the UK. Previous theatre credits include Sky Masterton in Guys and Dolls (West End and UK tour), Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever (West End and UK tour), and Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty (West End).  Richards’ film credits include Julie and the Cadillacs and Bring Me The Head of Mavis Davis.

Noel Sullivan stars alongside Ben Richards as Drew Boley. Noel is currently playing Tick in the UK and Ireland tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and has previously starred as Galileo in We Will Rock You and Danny Zuko in Grease, both in the West End. Sullivan is also well-known as a member of the pop group Hear’Say, completing multiple arena tours with the band. Other theatre credits include young Yusef Islam in Moonshadow (Royal Albert Hall), Black Mountain Male Chorus of Wales (US Tour), Nick Piazza in Fame the Musical (Edinburgh Playhouse). TV Credits include: Gavin and Stacey, Popstars, Meet the Popstars, Hear'say It's Saturday, Hear'say the Next Chapter, The Royal Variety Show and Top Of The Pops.

Following the musical’s onstage success around the globe, a star-studded movie version of the show was released in 2012. It starred, amongst others, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

ROCKOF AGES The Musical is written by Chris D’Arienzo, directed by Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine.  The UK Associate Director & Choreographer for this tour is Leigh Constantine, and the UK Musical Supervisor is Elliott Ware.  Scenic design for the production is by Beowulf Boritt, costume design is by Tony Award nominee Gregory Gale, lighting design is by Jason Lyons, sound design is by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski, and projection design is by Zachary Borovay.  

**** Infectious. A feelgood, singalong, rock ‘n’ roll musical that’s hard to fault
(Independent, Pierre Perrone)

Tickets from £10 in person at the Box Office or from £12.90 when calling 0844 871 3022* or booking online at plus a transaction fee applies.
Groups 10+: 0844 871 3042
*Booking fee applies

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Tour Schedule

Monday 7 July2014 – Saturday 12 July 2014
0844 871 3012

Monday 14 July 2014– Saturday 19 July 2014
0844 871 7627

Monday 21 July 2014Saturday 26 July 2014
0844 871 3017

Monday 28 July 2014Saturday 2 August 2014
0844 871 3022

Monday 4 August 2014 - Saturday 9 August 2014
0844 871 7648

Monday 11 August 2014Saturday 16 August 2014
0844 871 7627

Monday 18 August 2014Saturday 23 August 2014
0844 871 7652

Monday 25 August 2014Saturday 30 August 2014
0844 871 7645

Monday 1 September 2014Saturday 6 September 2014

Monday 8 September – Saturday 13 September 2014
023 8071 1811

Monday 15 September 2014Saturday 20 September 2014
(Ireland) 0818 719 377 (UK) 0844 847 2455

Monday 22 September 2014Saturday 27 September 2014
028 9024 1919

Monday 29 September 2014 – Saturday 4 October 2014
01482 300300

Monday 6 October 2014Saturday 11 October 2014
029 2087 8889

Monday 20 October 2014Saturday 25 October 2014
0844 871 3020

Monday 27 October 2014Saturday 1 November 2014
0114 249 6000

10 November 2014Saturday 15 November 2014
01702 351135

Monday 17 November 2014Saturday 22 November 2014
020 8545 7900

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