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Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story

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Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story

Featuring Tony Award-nominated Alan Campbell (Sunset Boulevard) as Alan Freed and multiple-Emmy Award-nominated George Wendt (Norm from Cheers) as J. Edgar Hoover

In the summer of 1954, in a small radio station in Cleveland, an unknown disc jockey heard the sound that would change America. And the rest is music history.

Rock and Roll Man is the new musical about the incredible rise and fall of Alan Freed, the man who coined the phrase rock and roll and brought its sound to the world. He discovered black artists—and got them record deals. He traveled the country—and got them heard from coast to coast. He spoke to the younger generation—and brought them to their feet. By the dawn of the ’60s, he was the biggest name in music—until scandal made him the biggest target in America.

This high energy musical highlights the greatest rock and roll legends of all time such as Little Richard, Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Screamin’ Jay, just to name a few. Also, featuring original songs and some of the biggest hits of a decade, including “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” “Tutti Frutti,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Ain’t That a Shame” and many more, Rock and Roll Man takes you behind the scenes and behind the music of one of the most influential—and controversial—figures in pop music history.”

“give points for chutzpah to a musical that imagines Little Richard and J. Edgar Hoover as adversaries in a celestial courtroom…Dozens of pop hits…songs include pioneering works that have aged into golden oldies. There’s no denying the immense cultural influence of Freed.”
–Ben Brantley, The New York Times 

“The entire 19-member cast delivers in acting, singing, and dancing…it will be virtually impossible not to tap, clap, and even sing along.” –Marc Savitt, BroadwayWorld

“will get your pulse racing and have you clapping along ecstatically….stunning…sensational…the musical soars” –Patrick White, NipperTown

“extraordinary…Rock and Roll Man will blow you away” –Peter Bergman, TheBerkshireEdge

“dazzling…nothing short of fabulous” –Barbara Waldinger, BerkshireOnStage

“a rocking and bopping night…loaded with fabulous songs…a rip-roaring good night at the theater”
–Bruce Chadwick, HistoryNewsNetwork

“with moves and vocal blends like buttah” –Bob Verini, New York Stage Review

Production Notes

book by Gary Kupper, Larry Marshak and Rose Caiola
original music and lyrics by Gary Kupper

directed by Randal Myler
choreography by Brian Reeder
music direction by Dave Keyes

at The Colonial Theatre
BTG’s Pittsfield Campus, 111 South Street

Previews: Thursday, June 27 at 7pm and Friday, June 28 at 8pm
Opening Night: Saturday, June 29 at 8pm. All tickets are $75 and include a post-show reception
Press Night: Saturday, July 6 at 8pm
Closing: Sunday, July 21 at 2pm
Tickets: Preview: $45
Tickets: A: $75 B: $50

Sponsored by: Natalie and Howard Shawn, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Shubert Foundation

Cast

Bob Ari Leo, Morris Levy Bob Ari
William Louis Bailey Dave Cooper, Frankie Lymon, Ensemble William Louis Bailey
Whitney Bashor Betty, Alana, Ensemble Whitney Bashor
Alan Campbell Alan Freed Alan Campbell
Early Clover Quartet, Ensemble Early Clover
Richard Crandle Little Richard Richard Crandle
Anthony (A.J.) Davis Quartet, Ensemble Anthony (A.J.) Davis
John Dewey Buddy Holly, Pat Boone, Ensemble John Dewey
Janet Dickinson Inga, Alan's Mother, Ensemble Janet Dickinson
Jerome Jackson Quartet, Nate, Ensemble Jerome Jackson
Valisia Lekae LaVern Baker, Ensemble Valisia Lekae
Brian Mathis Judge, Bill Haley, Ensemble Brian Mathis
Matthew S. Morgan Chuck Berry, Jay Hawkins, Ensemble Matthew S. Morgan
Virginia Preston Jackie, Ensemble Virginia Preston
James Scheider Jerry Lee Lewis, Dick Clark, Ensemble James Scheider
Dr. Eric B. Turner Quartet, Fats Domino, Ensemble Dr. Eric B. Turner
George Wendt J. Edgar Hoover George Wendt
Jared Zirilli Danny of Danny and the Juniors, Ensemble Jared Zirilli
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