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Rock & Roll Man Tickets

The story of Alan Freed comes to the stage in this new musical.
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Rock & Roll Man Tickets

About Rock & Roll Man

Are you ready to rock? Jam out to rock and roll classics while learning the true story of the man who started the music movement: Alan Freed. Take a seat at the turntable and get Rock & Roll Man tickets on TodayTix.

You’ve heard of rock and roll, but you might not have heard of the radio DJ who turned the genre into a movement, changing the face of American music. Discover how Freed shook up the status quo by promoting the concerts of Black and white artists and becoming the first white DJ to play Black musicians' songs on mainstream radio across the country.

He put now-iconic artists on the map: Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many more. You’ll hear their hit songs and more in Rock & Roll Man off Broadway, which won the 2019 Broadway World Berkshires Award for Best Musical. The show is a celebratory must-see for any rock music fan, bringing a bygone era and its most famous faces back to life.

Get tickets to Rock & Roll Man in New York, and have a rockin' good time!

Run time

2 hours 20 mins (incl. intermission)

Start date

June 2nd, 2023

End date

September 1st, 2023

Categories

Age

7+

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811 Reviews

chris_

chris_

303 Reviews | 105 Followers
80
Fun, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if you enjoy slick bio-jukebox musicals

Don’t see it if you are looking for something fresh - def seem this before, but it is a well done version on a smaller stage.

XS2211

XS2211

314 Reviews | 188 Followers
83
Nostalgic jukebox, Tricky angle, Informative, Great staging, Great singing

See it if 2 acts 2hrs + of brilliant early rock&roll classics; how a DJ started to mix both black & white singers on tour; I didn’t know this person..

Don’t see it if Now I have respect for him, want to know more. Leads are Broadway veterans, flawless singing/dancing. Could fall into “white savior” trap.

Tatyana G

Tatyana G

292 Reviews | 88 Followers
82
Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Just go and enjoy the music and the vibe of the naive bygone days. Good performance by all. Energetic dancing. Perfect musicians and singers

Don’t see it if If you expect super plot - do not go. 2 or 3 dirty jokes affect your hearing. Elevators did not work, but show is on the lowest level

nancykasz

nancykasz

172 Reviews | 57 Followers
84
Relevant, Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Tells the little-known story of a flawed but important DJ, Al Freed, who helped popularize early rock and roll, R&B to integrated audiences,

Don’t see it if Not interested in American history, early rock & roll, & the battle for integration on radio stations. A couple of swear words.

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Rock & Roll Man cast and creative team

By: Gary Kupper, Larry Marshak, Rose Caiola
Songs by: Various artists including Little Richard, Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins; original songs by Gary Kupper
Director: Randall Myler
Choreographer: Stephanie Klemons
Cast list: Constantine Maroulis (as Alan Freed), Joe Pantoliano (as Morris Levy/Leo Mintz), Bob Ari (as Hoover), Rodrick Covington (as Little Richard), Valisia Lekae (as LaVern Baker), Jamonte D. Bruten, Andy Christopher, AJ Davis, Autumn Guzzardi, Anna Hertel, Matthew Morgan, Dominque Scott, Eric B. Turner
Design: Timothy R. Mackabee
Costumes: Leon Dobkowski
Lighting: Matthew Richards and Aja M. Jackson
Sound: Ed Chapman
Other info: Projection design by Christopher Ash, musical direction by Dave Keyes, music supervision and arrangements by Keyes and Gary Kupper, orchestrations and dance arrangements by Kenny Seymour

Venue

340 West 50th Street, New York, NY, United States, 10019

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible

More information about Rock & Roll Man

The Rock & Roll Man musical takes place on the last day of Freed's life, when he has a fever dream about his legacy being on trial. During his life, he was controversial for integrating the music scene, and a long shadow remains over his legacy due to his financial decisions. But there’s no doubt that his decade-plus in the music industry changed it not only for good but for the better.

Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis, who plays the trailblazing DJ, is no stranger to rock. He earned his nomination for starring in Rock of Ages on Broadway, and his other best-known credits include Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, and American Idol, placing sixth in 2005.

Gary Kupper, Larry Marshak, and Rose Caiola adapted Freed's life for the stage, with Kupper providing original songs alongside timeless popular hits.

What to Watch For

  • In the "trial" that takes place during Rock & Roll Man, original FBI director J. Edgar Hoover serves as a prosecutor against defense attorney Little Richard.
  • Did you know Freed popularized the term "rock and roll"? The phrase had existed since the '40s, but few people outside the music industry used it until Freed said it on the radio.
  • Rock & Roll Man premiered in Boston. Ironically, Freed’s concerts were banned there (and in multiple other New England cities) after an overcrowded Chuck Berry concert sparked riots.
  • As a nod to his music career, Freed's gravestone is shaped like a jukebox.
  • What a rock star! Constantine Maroulis got a personal invitation from Queen guitarist Brian May to sing "Bohemian Rhapsody" on the 2005 album Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen.

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