According to The Globe and Mail, Mirvish Productions revealed yesterday that it will hold open call auditions across the continent to cast a mixture of Canadian and U.S. talent for the Toronto, Ontario, Canada run of "Rock of Ages" — a stage musical that does with '80s rock anthems what "Mamma Mia!" did with ABBA tunes.
"We love the idea of that guy who's in his garage in the middle of nowhere, who just has that dream," said Carl Levin, one of the show's lead producers.
David Mirvish staged a star-studded unveiling at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto yesterday, inviting hundreds and treating them to performances by Kevin Cronin of REO SPEEDWAGON, NIGHT RANGER and a pair of New York cast members. Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER also helped out as an emcee.
The show is propelled by signature '80s rock anthems popularized by JOURNEY, TWISTED SISTER, JOAN JETT, PAT BENATAR, FOREIGNER, BON JOVI and REO SPEEDWAGON.
"Rock of Ages" will start an open-ended run at the Royal Alexandra Theatre on April 27, 2010.
The producers described the musical as such: "It's the late 1980s and the final countdown is on for a legendary Hollywood rock club facing its demise at the hands of eager developers. When a young rocker hungry for his big break and a small town girl chasing her dreams land on the scene at this infamous venue, how far will ambition drive them? And will it be lights out for the club and all the regulars and rockers who have made it their home?"