Rock Around the Clock: The Musical

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Rock Around the Clock: The Musical is a musical with a book by Michael Norman and music and lyrics by Dave Fishel. The musical is based on the 1954 film of the same name and features the songs “Rock Around the Clock”, “See You Later, Alligator”, “R-O-C-K”, “Hound Dog” and “Great Balls of Fire”.

The musical premiered in 2008 at the North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. It opened Off-Broadway at New World Stages in 2014.

The History of Rock Around the Clock

The song “Rock Around the Clock” was released in May 1955 by Bill Haley & His Comets. The song is credited as the catalyst for beginning the rock and roll revolution of the 1950s. Although “Rock Around the Clock” did not reach number one on the charts when it was first released, it gained popularity after being used in the film Blackboard Jungle. The song eventually reached number one on the Billboard charts in July 1955, where it remained for eight weeks.

The popularity of “Rock Around the Clock” led to a surge in sales of records and instruments, and helped to make rock and roll one of the defining genres of popular music. The song has been covered by many artists over the years and has been featured in films, television shows, and commercials.

The Music of Rock Around the Clock

The music of Rock Around the Clock is based on the work of rock and roll pioneers such as Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Elvis Presley. The show celebrates the birth of rock and roll in the 1950s and tells the story of its rise to popularity.

The score includes such classic hits as “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Rock Around the Clock,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Hound Dog.” The music is performed by a live band and sung by a cast of talented performers.

Rock Around the Clock is a high-energy show that will have you on your feet from start to finish. It’s the perfect way to relive the glory days of rock and roll!

The Legacy of Rock Around the Clock

Rock Around the Clock is not only a classic song, but also a musical legacy. The musical is based on the four-part novel series of the same name by British author Craig McGregor. It tells the story of the birth of rock and roll music in the 1950s and how it changed the world.

The musical features hits from the 1950s like “Rock Around the Clock,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Hound Dog,” and “Heartbreak Hotel.” It also features original songs written for the show, like “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock Tonight” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Here to Stay.”

The show premiered in London’s West End in 2008 and has been a hit with audiences all over the world. It has toured internationally and been performed in over 20 countries.

The Influence of Rock Around the Clock

Rock Around the Clock is a 1953 song written by Max C. Freedman and Jimmy DeKnight. The best-known and most successful recording was done by Bill Haley & His Comets in 1954. It was a number one hit in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and was Haley’s greatest hit. The song is ranked as the seventh most influential song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has been covered by hundreds of artists.

The song is credited with helping to bring rock and roll into mainstream music, and has been described as “the sound of the birth of a new genre”. Rock Around the Clock was used as the theme song for the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle, which helped to increase its popularity. The song is also considered to be an important factor in the development of teenage culture.

The Cultural Impact of Rock Around the Clock

Rock Around the Clock is a musical by Bill Haley and His Comets that was released in 1955. The song, which is considered to be the first true rock and roll song, caused a sensation when it was released and is credited with helping to start the rock and roll craze of the 1950s. The movie in which the song appears, Blackboard Jungle, was also a huge hit.

The cultural impact of Rock Around the Clock is impossible to overstate. The song and the movie helped to break down racial barriers and promote social change. They also had a huge impact on fashion, music, and dance. The 1950s were a time of great upheaval, and Rock Around the Clock captured the zeitgeist perfectly.

The Future of Rock Around the Clock

It is clear that “Rock Around the Clock” has had a profound impact on the development of rock and roll, and its legacy continues to this day. The musical is still popular, and its influence can be felt in many current musical styles.

The future of “Rock Around the Clock” is likely to be very exciting. With the popularity of the musical, there is a good chance that it will be adapted for film or television. Additionally, the music from the show may continue to be performed by new generations of musicians.


With its iconic opening chords, infectious energy and feel-good storyline, it’s no wonder that Rock Around the Clock has stood the test of time as a musical classic. Thanks to the talented cast and crew, this production was a rockin’ good time from start to finish!



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Further Reading

-AllMusic. “Bill Haley & His Comets”.
-Eder, Bruce. “Rock Around the Clock: The Musical”. AllMovie.
“Rock Around the Clock”. American Film Institute.

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