Rock pg 7 4-12-18


'Rock of Ages’
Elizabeth Silvia plays Sherrie and Paul Lucenti plays Drew in the Bradley production of “Rock of Ages” which opens April 20. Courtesy photo.

PUTNAM — The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut invites you to rock out when The Bradley Playhouse jumps to Hair Metal/Hard Rock songs of the 1980s in “Rock of Ages”. The show opens April 20 and runs for three weekends. It is recommended for mature audiences due to its adult language and themes.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 20, 21, 27, 28 and May 4 and 5 and at 2 p.m. April 22, 29 and May 6. Tickets are $24 for adults and $21 for seniors and students.  All seats are reserved. Reservations may be made with a major credit card online at or by calling 860-928-7887. Tickets may be purchased at the theater box office, either before the performance or at the door if available. Purchasing your tickets ahead of time is strongly recommended.
The TNECT performance of Rock of Ages is co-directed by William Corriveau and Carl Mercier. The music director is Marc Poitras and Nichola Johnson is the choreographer. Paul Lucenti plays aspiring rocker, Drew and Elizabeth Silvia is farm girl Sherrie. Dennis, the owner of the club, is played by Erik Peterson and Brian Lopes appears as his assistant, Lonny. Joe Lucenti is the fading rock star Stacee Jaxx. The cast includes an ensemble of talented and enthusiastic singers and dancers.
The band that brings all of this music to you is Nate Adelman and Isabel Tonelli-Sippel on guitar, Collin Hirschey on keyboard, Jeff Meyer on bass and Marc Poitras on drums.
The book for Rock of Ages was written by Chris D’Arienzo. Arrangements and Orchestrations are by Ethan Popp. It will take you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair. The show features hits of Pat Benetar, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Styx and Twisted Sister to name a few.
The story follows an aspiring rocker who meets a small town girl from Kansas who hopes to make it big in Hollywood. Along the way, they become involved with the 1980s club scene and “sex, drugs and rock and roll”. At the end of the show, one of the characters muses that on The Strip, sometimes the dreams with which you enter are not always the dreams with which you leave, but they still rock.

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