Alan Freed Biomusical Rock & Roll Man, Starring Constantine Maroulis, Sets Off-Broadway Closing Date | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Alan Freed Biomusical Rock & Roll Man, Starring Constantine Maroulis, Sets Off-Broadway Closing Date

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, will play 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 a 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 is produced by Caiola Productions and Benedetti Productions, Maria Caiola, Colleen Freed, Jay & Cindy Gutterman, and MTTM Theatrics. KGM Theatrical is the general manager.


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