The popular 1980’s musical Rock of Ages has announced that it will close its show at the Garrick Theatre in West End November 2, 2013 and begin touring the United Kingdom.
The show has been a hit worldwide, telling the tale of a rock couple who is vying for fame in the rock world while facing a developer who is threatening to demolish their favorite venue. It traces their journey as they pursue stardom and their budding romance.
A host of well known 80’s hits are woven within the musical’s fabric which gives older generations the chance to reminisce about the past while still intriguing and entertaining younger fans. Songs in the show include “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “We Built This City,” “The Final Countdown,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Here I Go Again,” “Can’t Fight this Feeling” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Artists who have songs featured in the show include Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Poison, Europe, and Twisted Sister in addition to several others.
The show is acclaimed in that it has been nominated for 5 Tony Awards and has won Best Musical and Best Actress in a Musical in the 2011 BroadwayWorld West End Awards.
‘Rock of Ages’ had a 16 month run at the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre which included more than 500 performances. It has been seen by hundreds of thousands of individuals including celebrities Britney Spears and rocker Alice Cooper who actually made a surprise appearance in the show.
The popularity of the play led to the production of a film adaptation of the show which was made in 2012. It starred Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, and Russell Brand among others.
The show’s official Twitter account had this to share: “Lighters at the ready as Rock of Ages will rock for the last time at the Garrick Theatre on Nov 2nd. Thanks for all the #roadie love.”