The cast of the Australian production of Rock of Ages will be headed by multi-talented two-time Music Theatre Guild winner Amy Lehpamer.
Lehpamer, originally from Geelong, has been nominated for nine Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Awards, winning Best Cameo Performance for her work as the Fiddler in Geelong Lyric’s Fiddler on the Roof in 2003 and Best Actress for her portrayal of Judas in UMMTA’s 2005 production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Lehpamer, also a gifted violinist, has recently made a splash on stage in Shane Warne the Musical and The Production Company’s Follies.
Arguably her most spectacular break so far came in TPC’s 2009 season of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. When Helen Dallimore withdrew from the cast, Lehpamer was promoted to the lead female role of Christine Colgate. Lehpamer’s massive voice filled the State Theatre and this, combined with her comic flair and charismatic presence, won her rave reviews for her performance.
Rock of Ages uses 28 classic rock anthems to tell the story of the music scene of Los Angeles in the 1980s. A fun, audience friendly show, Rock of Ages features such hits as Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey), The Final Countdown (Europe), We Built This City (Starship) and many, many more. Patrons in Broadway are given toy lighters to wave in the air during ballads and waitresses run up and down aisles taking orders and serving drinks throughout the show.
American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis originated the male lead Drew when Rock of Ages opened Broadway in 2009. “There was little doubt having seen Rock of Ages on Broadway that the leading role of Drew was going to be one of the most challenging roles in musical theatre to cast. After casting the entire company we continued our search for Drew for another two months, when in Melbourne, having heard about Rock of Ages, Justin Burford walked in, auditioned and then flew to New York for the final audition with the Broadway creative team and producing group – we had found our Drew!” said Producer Rodney Rigby.
With a couple of ARIAs under his belt, an APRA nomination for ‘Song of the Year’, record sales reaching Platinum status and sold out tours in Australia and internationally with his band End Of Fashion, Burford will make his stage debut in Rock of Ages playing Drew. Born and raised in Perth, Burford began his musical career at age 17 and in 2001, he joined acclaimed group The Sleepy Jackson. He went on to form End of Fashion, taking on the role of lead singer, guitarist and principal song-writer. End of Fashion has released two albums and is currently working on a third.
Burford and Lehpamer head a cast of Australian Theatre regulars as well as some newcomers. Rock of Ages opens on 9 April 2011 at The Comedy Theatre.
Here is the full cast list:
Justin Burford……….. Drew
Amy Lepahmer…….. Sherrie
Alexander Ellis……….Joey Primo
Michael Falzon……….Stacee Jaxx
Anthony Harkin. …….Dennis
Samantha Hagen……Waitress #1
Constantine Maroulis, Kerry Butler and the Broadway cast of Rock of Ages: