Rock & Roll Man
is the original musical about a musical original.
Alan Freed was a Cleveland DJ who heard the future—and knew he had to let it sing. He named the genre “Rock & Roll,” bringing music to the masses and integrating artists and audiences on the airwaves and in concerts for the first time in history. Along the way, he became an icon to the nation’s youth—and a target for the nation’s establishment.Rock & Roll Man
features classics created by legends such as Little Richard, Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, as well as original songs written just for the stage.
Freed’s passion for music inspired the generation that changed society forever.Rock & Roll Man
features a book by Gary Kupper (Freckleface Strawberry The Musical
- Outer Critics Circle nomination), Larry Marshak (editor of Night Beat Magazine
and Rock Magazine
), and Rose Caiola (Freckleface Strawberry The Musical
- Outer Critics Circle nomination), original music and lyrics by Gary Kupper, Vintage Rock & Roll Elements developed by Marshak Classic Music LLC and Gary Kupper Music, direction by Tony Award®-nominee Randal Myler (It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues
), and choreography by Stephanie Klemons (Associate Choreographer and Global Dance Supervisor of Hamilton