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'Rock of Ages' to close on Broadway

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Rock Of Ages
Joan Marcus

The head-bangers are leaving Broadway. Producers of Rock of Ages announced that the production will play its final Broadway performance Jan. 18, 2015. 

The ’80s jukebox musical, which opened in April 2009, will have played 22 previews and 2,328 performances by the time it closes. “We landed Off-Broadway in the midst of the financial meltdown and yet, against all odds—thanks to the sheer determination, grit, naivety and enthusiasm of our dream team of creatives, actors and producers—opened on Broadway in the spring of 2009 to an overwhelming embrace from critics and audiences alike,” producer Jonathan Linden said in a statement. “To have that lead to the launch of over a dozen productions worldwide has been a glorious dream come true.”

The current cast of Rock of Ages includes Constantine Maroulis in the role he originated and Big Brother contestant (and brother of Ariana) Frankie J. Grande. Rock of Ages became a movie in 2012, which starred Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin.