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Smash-Hit Musical – Rock of Ages – April 1

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


3/5/2013 - Party to some of the greatest songs of the 1980's with Rock of Ages, which appears April 1 at 7:30 p.m. as the final national touring show of the Broadway season at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.

This 5 time Tony nominated musical is rockin' its way across the USA and has critics raving in venues across the country. Rock of Ages is a "hilarious, feel-good, rock-n-roll love story" told through the hits of Journey, STYX, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister, Poison, and many more. Featuring 28 classic rock tunes including "Don't Stop Believin'," "We Built This City," "Here I Go Again," "Renegade" and "I Want to Know What Love Is," the songs of music icons follow a small town girl and a big-city dreamer, who meet in 1987 on the Sunset Strip in L.A.'s most legendary rock club, and fall in love to the greatest songs of the '80's.

The show promises to be an awesomely good time celebrating dreaming big, playing loud, and partying on! Tickets are on sale now for $45 each from the Box Office. A group discount of $5 off per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more. Individual tickets may be purchased by web, phone or in-person from the Box Office. See the center's website at or call (850) 729-6000.

Box Office phone and in-person hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Group sales are by phone or in-person only. Tickets will also be available the night of the show, space permitting, starting at 6:00 p.m. At-the-door seating is the same price as advance tickets. There is a $2 per ticket Box Office processing fee.

ROCK OF AGES is a worldwide phenomenon with a smash hit production in London, and still rockin' on Broadway tour. Featuring "big hair, big noise and big fun," Ellen Hager, for the LA Splash for Chicago, enthused "ROCK OF AGES will be the most fun you'll have all year! It doesn't matter what your age; this immensely entertaining roller coaster ride through the 80's is something you will not want to miss out on!"

Bill Hirschman of the South Florida Theatre Review perhaps summed the show best with his quip, "ROCK OF AGES has one goal only: to deliver a good time, and in that, it's a @#$%&* success!"

Rohan Preston, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune noted, "A thrilling spectacle and over the top entertainment!" In Cincinnati and Detroit, the reviews were even more telling. "...A freaking blast...a kick ass band worth the price of admission!", according to Rick Pender, Cincinnati City Beat. "A feast for the eyes and ears... the dancing is gymnastic and mesmerizing ... the singing is fabulous!" said Patty Nolan for Detroit

"It's a funny, clever tale with a twist about living your dreams, even if the dreams you end with aren't the ones you had at the beginning," noted Alice Carter, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "ROCK OF AGES is a catchy, guilty pleasure wave of comedy, wailing vocals, gymnastic dance moves and thundering rock music," wrote Skip Sheffield of the Boca Raton News.

ROCK OF AGES is directed by Tony Award Nominee Kristin Hanggi (Bare, Pussycat Dolls on the Sunset Strip) and choreographed by Kelly Devine (Jersey Boys – Associate Choreographer). With a book by Chris D’Arienzo (writer and director of the film Barry Munday), original arrangements by David Gibbs (Counting Crows, Film: That Thing You Do) and the Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations by Ethan Popp (Tarzan; Europe: We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia).

ROCK OF AGES features set design by Beowulf Boritt (Spelling Bee, LoveMusik), costume design by Tony Nominee Gregory Gale (Cyrano, The Wedding Singer), lighting design by Jason Lyons (The Threepenny Opera), sound design by Craig Cassidy (Phantom, Mamma Mia), and projection design is by Zachary Borovay (A Catered Affair). ROCK OF AGES is produced by Phoenix Entertainment. For more information on ROCK OF AGES see

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is a performing arts venue located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College at 100 College Boulevard. The center is easily accessible via Interstate 10, U.S. Highway 285 and Highway 85 and the Mid-Bay Bridge, about 20 minutes from Destin and Fort Walton Beach and 15 minutes from Interstate 10. For more information, show photos and video, visit the center's website at