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Alan Freed Biomusical Rock & Roll Man, Starring Constantine Maroulis, Ends Off-Broadway Run September 1


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Alan Freed Biomusical Rock & Roll Man, Starring Constantine Maroulis, Ends Off-Broadway Run September 1

A national tour is in the works for the new show that features songs made hits by such artists as Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, and more.


Constantine Maroulis
in Rock & Roll Man
Joan Marcus

Rock & Roll Man, the new biomusical centered on the life
story of legendary DJ Alan Freed, plays its final performance
Off-Broadway at New World Stages September 1.

The production officially opened its New York premiere at New World
Stages' Stage 3 June 21 after beginning previews June 3. Upon closing,
the musical will have played 18 previews and 82 regular performances. A
national tour is in the works, although no dates have been announced.

The score includes hits made famous by such artists as Little
Richard, Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee
Lewis, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins, along with original songs by Gary
Kupper.

Executive producer Rose Caiola said in an earlier statement, “I am so proud of
this production and grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to give
Rock & Roll Man
its extraordinary New York premiere. This show’s journey is far from
over as we explore more opportunities in New York and across the country
on national tour. For all the people who have loved our show: be on the
lookout for more news.”

Leading the cast is Broadway Rock of Ages star Constantine
Maroulis, starring as Freed alongside Joe Pantoliano as Leo Mintz and
Morris Levy, Bob Ari as J. Edgar Hoover, Rodrick Covington as Little
Richard, Valisia Lekae as LaVern Baker, Jamonté as Dave Cooper and
Frankie Lymon, Andy Christopher as Buddy Holly and Pat Boone, Autumn
Guzzardi as Alan's Mother and Jackie, Anna Hertel as Alana and Betty,
Matthew S. Morgan as Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Chuck Berry, Dominique
Scott as Jerry Lee Lewis and Dick Clark, and Eric B. Turner as Judge and
Bo Diddley.

Also in the ensemble are Natalie Kaye Clater, Lawrence Dandridge, and
AJ Davis, with the company rounded out by understudies and swings Joe
Barbara, Chase Peacock, and Bronwyn Tarboton.

The musical takes place on the final day of Freed's life. In a fever
dream, prosecutor J. Edgar Hoover and defense attorney Little Richard
face off with Freed's legacy at stake. The work features a book by Gary
Kupper, Larry Marshak, and Rose Caiola; original music and lyircs by
Kupper; and vintage rock & roll elements designed by Marshak Classic
Music LLC and Gary Kupper Music.

Randal Myler directs, with Stephanie Klemons choreographing. Dave
Keyes is music director, with Keyes and Kupper serving as music
supervisors and arrangers. Kenny Seymour is providing dance
arrangements, additional orchestrations, and synth programming. Scenic
design is by Timothy R. Mackabee, with costume design by Leon Dobkowski,
projection design by Christopher Ash, lighting design by Matthew
Richards and Aja M. Jackson, sound design by Ed Chapman, and hair, wig
and makeup design by Kelley Jordan. Casting is by JZ Casting.

The Off-Broadway premiere was produced by Caiola Productions and
Benedetti Productions, Maria Caiola, Colleen Freed, Jay & Cindy
Gutterman, and MTTM Theatrics. KGM Theatrical is the general manager.

Visit RockAndRollManTheMusical.com.

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