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10/06/2021

Preview: Rock of Ages at Sunderland Empire

 

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Cast Announced for musical Rock Of Ages which arrives in Sunderland in August

 

Rock of Ages

Sunderland Empire

Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th August 2021

Tickets: https://prf.hn/l/rwNWk4G

Rock of Ages 2018 tour shot - Photo: Richard Davenport

Following a sell-out tour in 2018/2019, the producers of the smash-hit Rock Of Ages are delighted to announce the cast for the UK tour which arrives in our region when it comes to Sunderland Empire in August  2021.

Rock of Ages 2018 tour shot - Photo: Richard Davenport

The producers announced today, ‘We are thrilled to welcome back many returning cast members from the last tour and a new rising star Joe Gash who will be playing the iconic role of Lonny. We can’t wait to be back and to give audiences (and fans) the best party night out of the summer’.

Luke Walsh as Drew - Photo: Darren Bell 

The full cast for the Rock Of Ages tour includes Luke Walsh who first played the lead role of Drew in the 2018/2019 tour, and he is back to reprise the role in 2021. Luke is a singer/songwriter and his theatre credits include ‘Chess’ (Umeda Arts Theatre, Osaka) AND ‘Boybands Forever’ (Germany Tour).

Rhiannon Chesterman as Sherrie - Photo: Darren Bell

Rhiannon Chesterman played Regina on the previous tour and is returning in the role of Sherrie. Rhiannon’s previous theatre credits include UK and Ireland tour of ‘Grease’ and ‘Mrs Henderson Presents’ at Noel Coward Theatre, West End. 

Joe Gash as Lonny - Photo: Darren Bell

Joe Gash will play the iconic role of Lonny. Joe will be making his theatre debut in the role.

Ross Dawes as Dennis Dupree - Photo: Darren Bell

Ross Dawes will play Dennis Dupree, his previous West End theatre credits include ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Girl from the North Country’, ’Charlie & the Chocolate Factory’ and ’Shrek the Musical’.

Gabriella Williams as Regina - Photo: Darren Bell

Gabriella Williams will play Regina and her previous credits include Sophie in ‘Mamma Mia!’ in the West End at the Novello Theatre and ‘Carrie; The Musical’ at Southwark Playhouse.

Jenny Fitzpatrick as Justice - Photo: Darren Bell

Jenny Fitzpatrick will play Justice. Jenny previously played the alternate Tina Turner in ‘TINA, The Tina Musical’ in London’s West End at the Aldwych theatre.

Vas Constanti, Andrew Carthy, Erin Bell will also be returning in their roles from the 2018/2019 tour as Hertz Klinemann, Franz Klinenmann and Constance. They are also joined by returning cast members Adam Strong and Joshua Dever.

They are joined by Scott Hayward, Sam Turrell, Phoebe Samuel-Gray, Siobhan James, Morgan Scott and Janine Somcio.

The crew is made up of Company Stage Manager Paul Deavin, Deputy Stage Manager Sophie Mason, Assistant Stage Manager/Book Cover Mali-Beth Rose, Technical Stage Manager Toby Lee-White, Chief LX Toby Cartmell, LX2 / Tech Swing Pete Fry, Sound 1 Christopher James, Sound 2 Robert Matthews, Head of Wardrobe Samantha Griggs and Wardrobe Assistant Stefan Stuart.

Returning to the band from the 2018/2019 tour, Musical Director and Keys Liam Holmes, Guitar Marc Le Guerrannic, Bass Guitar Elliot Mason and Drums Vito Guerrieri.

Rock Of Ages is the hilarious musical comedy lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems, including ‘Don’t Stop Believin’, ‘We Built This City’, ‘The Final Countdown’, ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’, ‘Here I Go Again’, ‘Can’t Fight this Feeling’ and ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’, played loud and proud by an awesome live band. Leave it all behind and lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true!

Now a global smash with hit seasons on Broadway, London’s West End and Las Vegas and a star-studded Hollywood movie version this show promises you the best party night out around.

Rock Of Ages has a book by Chris D’Arienzo and arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.

The full creative team includes Nick Winston  (“Chess”, “Mame” and “Cats”) who will Direct and Choreograph the show, Set and Costume design by Morgan Large (“The Woman in White”, “Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat” and “Tell Me On A Sunday”), Lighting Design by Ben Cracknell (“Sunset Boulevard”, “Pantoland at the Palladium”, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”), Sound Design by Ben Harrison (“Mame”, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and “Fame”) and Video and Projection design by  Duncan McLean (“The Car Man, Nutcracker! and Magic Goes Wrong”). Casting Director is Jim Arnold CDG, Associate Director is Victoria Gimby, Associate Choreographer is Ryan-Lee Seager and Associate Lighting Designer is Chris Vaughan. Costume Supervision by Lee Tassie and Production Management by Phil McCandlish. 

 

 

Tickets:

Tickets are available direct from the theatre box office and online from ATG Tickets: https://prf.hn/l/rwNWk4G

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