Broadway’s best party rocks out at the Norton Center this April

Published 8:07 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2019


Press release

The Rock of Ages Tenth Anniversary Tour will blaze its way into Newlin Hall on Sunday, April 14.  Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Rock of Ages captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood.

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“Broadway musicals come in many different flavors,” said Steve Hoffman, Norton Center executive director.  “I love how Rock of Ages captures the rock music of the 1980s and tells a story through classic songs by bands like Styx, Poison, Def Leppard, and Whitesnake. Whether or not you know these songs, the musical provides a snapshot of life during that time.”

It’s 1987 on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip when a small-town girl meets a big city rocker.  As they fall in love in L.A.’s most famous rock club, Rock of Ages allows fans to rock out once again to their favorite ‘80s hits. This Tenth Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger than life characters and exhilarating story that turned Rock of Ages into a global phenomenon.

Rock of Ages opened April 7, 2009, on Broadway and played more than 2,300 performances at the Brooks Atkinson and Helen Hayes Theatres, earning five Tony Award® nominations, including Best Musical.  The show also enjoyed successful national and international tours and, in 2012, was turned into a major motion picture by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures.  With a book by Chris D’Arienzo and arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp, the Tenth Anniversary Tour is directed by Martha Banta and choreographed by Janet Rothermel.

Rock of Ages brings its Tenth Anniversary Tour to Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in Newlin Hall. Tickets, priced at $75, $56, and $38, are available at or by calling the box office at 1-877-HIT-SHOW.