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Rock of Ages Hits Town November 1-6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Betsie Gambel
504-324-4242
Betsie@gambelcommunications.com

GET READY, NEW ORLEANS, AND PREPARE TO BE ROCKED
ROCK OF AGES HITS TOWN NOVEMBER 1-6
TICKETS GO ON SALE SEPTEMBER 9

New Orleans, LA (August 30, 2011) - East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans is pleased to bring the five-time Tony AwardÒ nominated smash-hit musical ROCK OF AGES to the Mahalia Jackson Theater Tuesday, November 1 – Sunday, November 6, 2011. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 9, 2011, at 11 a.m. CDT.

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer – and in L.A.’s most legendary rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80’s. It’s ROCK OF AGES, a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more. This 5 time Tony nominated musical, with a star studded motion picture in the works, is rockin' its way across the USA. Don't miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!

“Rock of Ages truly complements the 2011-2012 Broadway in New Orleans season making it one of the most diverse line-ups yet. There is a show for just about everyone – even lovers of ‘80s music,” said David Skinner, General Manager of Arts Center Enterprises. “Broadway in New Orleans is eager to cultivate new musical theater fans with each dynamic show.”

ROCK OF AGES is a worldwide phenomenon with smash hit productions in Australia, London, South Korea and still rockin' on Broadway, featuring 28 classic rock tunes including “Don't Stop Believin'”, “We Built This City”, “The Final Countdown”, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, “Here I Go Again”, “Harden My Heart”, “Can't Fight this Feeling”, “Renegade” and “I Want To Know What Love Is”.

ROCK OF AGES is directed by Tony Award Nominee Kristin Hanggi (Bare, Pussycat Dolls on the Sunset Strip) and choreographed by Kelly Devine (Jersey Boys – Associate Choreographer). With a book by

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Chris D’Arienzo (writer and director of the film Barry Munday), original arrangements by David Gibbs (Counting Crows, Film: That Thing You Do) and the Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations by Ethan Popp (Tarzan; Europe: We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia).

ROCK OF AGES features set design by Beowulf Boritt (Spelling Bee, LoveMusik), costume design by Tony Nominee Gregory Gale (Cyrano, The Wedding Singer), lighting design by Jason Lyons (The Threepenny Opera), sound design by Craig Cassidy (Phantom, Mamma Mia), and projection design is by Zachary Borovay (A Catered Affair).

ROCK OF AGES is produced by PHOENIX ENTERTAINMENT.

Note: Some of the costumes, dancing and language used in ROCK OF AGES may not be appropriate for children under the age of 14.

SCHEDULE AND TICKETS

Performances are scheduled from Tuesday, November 1 – Sunday, November 6 daily at 8 p.m. (7:30 p.m. Sunday performance), with matinees on Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 9 at 11 a.m. CDT. For more information on tickets, visit BroadwayInNewOrleans.com, MahaliaJacksonTheater.com or the Mahalia Jackson Box Office. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster locations or via phone at 800-982-2787 (ARTS). Group discounts for 15 or more are available by calling 504-287-0372.

For more information on ROCK OF AGES, visit www.rockofagesontour.com

GENERAL INFORMATION
PHOENIX ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) is an established international theatrical producing and management enterprise founded by long time colleagues Stephen Kane and Michael McFadden. Its mission is to develop, produce and present the very finest in touring Broadway musicals and family entertainment. Throughout their three decades of theatrical success and industry partnership, the Phoenix team has delivered thousands of performances of more than 80 live productions on four continents. Phoenix is currently launching Rock of Ages and all new seasons of their critically acclaimed touring productions of Monty Python's Spamalot and The Color Purple, which follow on the proud touring heels of Gypsy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Pajama Game. Team Phoenix also represents the Korean language productions of Grease and Fame, both enjoying open-ended runs in Seoul. Under the direction of colleague Ellie Chung, their Singapore based affiliate Phoenix Asia Group brings international booking, producing, presenting, classical-artist management and theatrical investment to the collective production and management capabilities of Phoenix Entertainment. www.phoenix-ent.com

The Mahalia Jackson Theater is located in Armstrong Park at 801 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. Information on the Broadway Across America - New Orleans series and venue policies and accommodations may be obtained online at MahaliaJacksonTheater.com. Group Sales information is available at 504-287-0372. Box Office information is available at 504-287-0351.

Arts Center Enterprises – New Orleans, LLC - (ACE) is a theatrical facility management company with more than 30 years of experience in the field of professional performing arts facility management and theatrical property development. Allen Becker, together with his partners David Anderson, Gary Markowitz and Kirk B. Feldmann have succeeded in establishing a successful business model that combines an entrepreneurial operating strategy, with a wealth of industry relationships, which result in active, vibrant, well-managed and self-sustaining performing arts facilities. Not only has this business model served to uplift communities through the presentation of powerful live performances, but it has served to also provide economic stimulus into urban corridors in need of revitalization. Please visit ACE New Orleans online at MahaliaJacksonTheater.com.

Broadway Across America (Producer), part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com, is owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and entertainment industry veteran Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman). Broadway Across America presents first-class touring musicals and plays across 40 North American cities. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. Under the supervision of Beth Williams (CEO—Theatrical), Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Current Broadway productions include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette, Million Dollar Quartet, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Jerusalem, Memphis, and the West End production of Million Dollar Quartet. For more information, please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.

New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to attract and present the finest theatrical and performing arts attractions available in New Orleans. NOTA is also dedicated to financial and technical support of local non-profit institutions in New Orleans that are dedicated to the furtherance of theatrical and musical education and production.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Authorized images of ROCK OF AGES can be provided by Gambel Communications or through the following Photobucket link photobucket.com/rockofages1. Please use only show-approved images.

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