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ROCK OF AGES Extends To Rock The West End Until September 2012


** Shayne Ward And Justin Lee Collins sign up for another 6 months **
** Cast members raised £52,000 for BBC Children in Need *
**Rock of Ages triumphs in BroadwayWorld UK Awards**
** RoA nominated for five What’s On Stage theatre awards **

ROCK OF AGES THE MUSICAL, the smash hit musical that has taken the UK by storm is proud to announce that the full cast line up including Justin Lee Collins, Shayne Ward, Oliver Tompsett, Amy Pemberton and Simon Lipkin will continue in the show for at least another 6 months. This will take the original London cast through to the end of September 2012.
Fans who have already seen the show will be thrilled that they will have even more chances to see Justin and Shayne again throughout 2012. The London production of ROCK OF AGES has already started to attract somewhat of a cult appeal with audiences returning on numerous occasions to sing along with the hits of the 80s.

Since the show opened at the end of September, almost 100,000 people have had their worlds rocked by the tale of love, lust, laughter and lycra! Worldwide, the show has toured the US, been a huge hit on Broadway, in Toronto and in Melbourne and 2012 will see ROCK OF AGES get the Hollywood makeover as the movie version hits the screens next summer.

As Shayne says: “From when I first read the script through to the rehearsals and the fantastic gala night performance, we all knew that ROCK OF AGES was going to be a huge success. It’s a real testament to the hard work of everyone involved that the show is doing so well and that we as a cast are having so much fun rocking out for 8 shows a week and will be going on throughout 2012.”

Justin adds: "It's been such an honour to take to the Shaftesbury Theatre stage every night alongside such a great cast and crew. Going to work at ROCK OF AGES is such great fun and we think that reflects in the audience’s reactions. We've started to see people coming back to see the show again and again and hopefully myself and Shayne signing up for another six months means we can encourage more music and theatre fans to see the show. "

Rock of Ages is delighted to announce they have picked up two 2011 BroadwayWorld Awards for Best Musical and Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Jodie Jacobs for her role as spirited protester Regina.

Further to their first awards triumph, Rock of Ages is also very proud to announce that they have been nominated FIVE times in the prestigious www.whatsonstage.com Awards. More than 10,000 theatregoers have taken part in the nominations. Voting takes place from now until the end of January.
    Best Actor in a Musical Oliver Tompsett
    Best Supporting Actor in a Musical Simon Lipkin
    Best New Musical Rock of Ages
    Best Choreographer Kelly Devine
    London Newcomer of the Year Shayne Ward

In addition, the cast of ROCK OF AGES THE MUSICAL is thrilled to have performed on the BBC’s flagship Children in Need show on Friday 18th November.  As well as donating all takings from, and raising money at the BBC London 94.9fm Rocks for Children in Need Gala Performance (at the Shaftesbury Theatre on Wednesday 16th November), the cast took to the stage at BBC TV Centre on the big night and well and truly ROCKED THE NATION! The cast and Shaftesbury Theatre raised a staggering £52,000 for the charity and presented a cheque, alongside Pudsey, on the night.

ROCK OF AGES THE MUSICAL has become an instant smash in the West End with critics and celebrities alike dusting down their leather, back-combing their hair and waving their lighters in the air to ‘London’s Greatest Guilty Pleasure”.
“If you’ve forgotten what it feels like to play air guitar in public,
then this is the place for you” (Dylan Jones, Editor, GQ)

Leading cast:
Dennis Dupree – Justin Lee Collins                              Stacee Jaxx/Father – Shayne Ward
Drew – Oliver Tompsett                                                        Sherrie – Amy Pemberton
Lonny – Simon Lipkin                                                            Hertz – Rohan Tickell
Justice/Mother – Rachel McFarlane                              Regina/Candi – Jodie Jacobs
Franz – Sandy Moffat

(remaining cast are alphabetical)
Mayor/Ja’Keith Gill - Nathan Amzi                                    Ensemble – Natalie Andreou
Ensemble - Grant Anthony                                                 Ensemble – Carly Mercedes Dyer
Ensemble – Cordelia Farnworth                                      Ensemble – Ian McIntosh
Waitress #1 – Twinnie-Lee Moore                                  Ensemble – Jamie Muscato
Ensemble – Andrew Spillett                                              Reporter – Zizi Strallen
Young Groupie – Amy Thornton                                     Joey Primo/Sleazy Producer – Dylan Turner

ROCK OF AGES is the ultimate ‘80’s rock mix-tape musical’, a rip-roaring, hilarious story of hedonism, dreams, love and of course ROCK! So popular has it been in New York, Toronto and Melbourne that the show is currently being made into a star-studded movie. The movie that is set to be 2012’s blockbuster musical stars, amongst others, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin and Catherine Zeta Jones. Tom Cruise will be playing the role of Stacee Jaxx.

For more information and to book tickets please visit: www.rockofagesmusical.co.uk

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