Rock & Roll Man, a new musical celebrating the life of legendary disc jockey Alan Freed, will have its New York premiere this June at New World Stages. Performances are set to begin June 2 ahead of an official June 21 opening.
Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages) will star as Freed, the boundary-smashing disc jockey rebel who popularized the records that became the foundation of rock. The musical takes place on the last day of Freed's life during a fever dream in which J. Edgar Hoover (as prosecutor) and Little Richard (as defense attorney) face off in a fantasy courtroom with Freed's legacy on trial.
Rock & Roll Man features original songs by Gary Kupper (Freckleface Strawberry The Musical) alongside classic hits by Little Richard, Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins. The book is written by Gary Kupper, Larry Marshak, and Rose Caiola.
Directed by Tony nominee Randal Myler (It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues), the musical's creative team also includes choreography by Stephanie Klemons, musical direction by Dave Keyes, music supervision and arrangements by Dave Keyes and Gary Kupper, and orchestrations and dance arrangements by Kenny Seymour. Scenic design is by Timothy R. Mackabee, costume design is by Leon Dobkowski, projection design is by Christopher Ash, lighting design is by Matthew Richards and Aja M. Jackson, and sound design is by Ed Chapman.
Additional casting will be announced soon.