The Henegar Heart welcomes you to the Bourbon Room, the place the hair is excessive, the denim is acid-washed and the music pulses to the beat of the ’80s.
The setting for the musical “Rock of Ages,” the Bourbon Room has been recreated on the Henegar stage due to designer Cliff Value and set builders Bean and Amanda Smith and their crew.
The super-charged rock musical opens Friday, April 2 and runs by April 18.
“It’s going to be epic,” stated govt creative director Dominic Del Brocco. “The music will put a smile in your face as you rock out to those memorable and now traditional tunes.”
“Rock of Ages” was not initially on the schedule for the Henegar’s thirtieth season, however when Del Brocco joined the group final yr, he promptly utilized for the rights so as to add the escapist showstopper to the lineup.
The musical, which opened on Broadway in 2009, tells the story of a small-town woman assembly a big-city rocker on the Sundown Strip’s hottest 1980’s rock membership, the Bourbon Room. The present options interval hits from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar and Twisted Sister.
One of many present’s quirkiest traits is its manipulation of the “fourth wall,” which the actors undergo on a number of events through the manufacturing.
In fact, the music is the primary character in “Rock of Ages.” Henegar’s manufacturing hits new highs underneath the path of vocal director Karen Monks. Joey Inexperienced orchestrates the heart-thumping choreography, enhanced with the flashy costumes and excessive hair that costume designer Marcy Szymanski has devised for the solid.
“The ensemble brings an elevated degree of dancing to the Henegar stage, making this a real jewel in our season,” stated Del Brocco.
With a major funding in new lighting, Chad Erickson turns the Henegar right into a reside rock live performance. That units the stage for the solid, which incorporates Jamie Smeriglio as would-be rock star “Drew” and Olga Intriago as Kansas woman “Sherrie” within the lead roles. Michie Aranguren will play “Sherrie” on choose dates.
Smeriglio and Intriago are accompanied by Benny Benya as “Dennis,” Will Perry as “Lonny” and Patrick Plucinsky because the nefarious “Stacee Jaxx.” Del Brocco himself might be onstage as “Franz.”
Opening evening for “Rock of Ages” may also reveal the Henegar’s thirty first season and future growth plans for the theater within the subsequent a number of months.
Notice that “Rock of Ages” is rated PG13 with grownup content material, themes and language. In accordance with covid protocols, all company might want to put on masks and follow social distancing.
‘Rock of Ages’
The place: The Henegar Heart, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne
When: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. by April 18. There may also be an 8 p.m. efficiency on Thursday, April 8.
On the net: henegar.org
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