House of Rock: The Musical

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House of Rock: The Musical is a brand new musical comedy that tells the story of a small town girl who makes it big in the music industry. The show features original music and lyrics by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown.


Welcome to House of Rock: The Musical! This thrilling production tells the story of a group of young music lovers who come together to form a band and make their dream of playing at the legendary House of Rock a reality.

Filled with electrifying musical performances, House of Rock: The Musical is a must-see for all music fans! Get ready to rock out as our talented cast takes you on a journey through the world of rock ‘n’ roll!

The House of Rock

The House of Rock is a musical with a book by Charles Busch, music by Bob Stillman, and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman. It is based on the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera.

The musical premiered Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop on October 26, 2004, and closed on November 28, 2004. It was directed by John Rando and starred Hunter Foster as The Phantom, Jennifer Damiano as Christine, Constantine Maroulis as Raoul, Kevin Chamberlin as Firmin, Michele Pawk as Carlotta, Rebecca Luker as Madame Giry, and Howard McGillin as Piangi.

The Musical

The Musical is a show that tells the story of the House of Rock, a music venue in Los Angeles, through the lives of the people who worked there. The show features original songs by some of the biggest names in rock music, as well as interviews with people who knew the venue well.

The Band

The Band was a Canadian-American rock group, formed in Toronto, Ontario, in 1967. The Band’s original line-up consisted of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, vocals) and Robbie Robertson (guitar, vocals).

The Band is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential rock groups of all time. Their music blended elements of rockabilly, folk music, blues and country. They released their debut album Music from Big Pink in 1968 to critical acclaim. The album featured their signature song “The Weight”, which went on to become a hit for them and for other artists including Aretha Franklin and Jackie DeShannon.

The Band continued to release successful albums throughout the 1970s including Stage Fright (1970), Cahoots (1971) and Northern Lights – Southern Cross (1975). They toured extensively during this time with both Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead. In 1976 they released their final album before breaking up: The Last Waltz. The Last Waltz was a live album documenting their farewell concert which featured guest performances from some of the biggest names in music including Eric Clapton, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.

Following the break-up of the group, members Danko, Helm and Hudson formed TheBand with guitarist Jim Weider and singer/songwriter Randy Ciarlante in 1983. This incarnation of the group continued to tour and release albums until 1999 when Danko died. Helm subsequently reformed The Band with a rotating cast of musicians until his death in 2012. In 2016 Julian Lennon revived interest in the group with his cover album Songs from The Victorious City featuring newly recorded versions of some of The Band’s classic songs.

The Venue

The Venue is where House of Rock: The Musical takes place. It is a black-box theater with stadium seating. The stage is three feet off the ground and there are bleachers on either side for the band and dancers to perform on. The set is minimal and there is a curtain that can be used for projections.

The Crowd

The crowd at House of Rock is rowdy and lively, with a healthy mix of locals and tourists. The bartenders are quick and efficient, and the music is loud and energetic. The cover charge is only $5, so it’s a great option for a night out on the town.

The Music

Rock music is a genre of popular music that developed in the 1960s from 1950s rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, and country music. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, itself heavily influenced by blues, Rhythm and blues, and country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music. It developed in the United States in the late 1950s from a combination of African-American rhythm and blues (R&B) and white country western swing. While typically considered a subgenre of country music or pop, rockabilly has been described as “a cross between R&B and country”.

The term “rockabilly” originally referred to rhythm & blues records released on the Sun Records label in Memphis Tennessee during 1955–1957 by artists such as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins Johnny Cash. The term was first used by Billboard magazine writer Bill Millar when describing Presley’s output for Sun: “Five years ago everyone was asking who is Elvis Presley? Today they’re asking: How did he get to be so big?”

The Setlist

The Setlist is as follows:

1) We Will Rock You
2) Somebody to Love
3) Another One Bites the Dust
4) I Want it All
5) Bohemian Rhapsody
6) We Are the Champions
7) Crazy Little Thing Called Love

The Encore

The Encore, also known as the grand finale, is the last song of an encore set. This is the most important song of the night, and the band usually pulls out all the stops to make it an incredible experience for the audience. The Encore is usually a high-energy song that gets everyone on their feet and dancing.

The Aftermath

The day after the musical, the house is a mess. There is music sheet paper strewn about, along with props and costumes. The furniture has been moved around and there are empty soda cans and water bottles everywhere. It looks like a bomb went off, but to the cast and crew, it is the aftermath of a successful production.

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