The first trailer for “Rock of Ages”, based on the Tony Award nominated Broadway Musical, has finally premiered! “Rock of Ages” hits theaters this summer on June 1, 2012. Adam Shankman is performing double duty again as he did for the stage to screen adaptation of “Hairspray”, as the film’s director and choreographer. Footloose star and Dancing with the Stars alumnus Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta (“90210”) play the leads. The cast also includes Academy Award winner, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Grammy Winner, Mary J. Blige, and many Academy Award nominees including Paul Giamatti (“Sideways”), Alec Baldwin (“The Cooler”), and Tom Cruise (“Jerry Maguire”) who plays Stacee Jaxx. Full cast list can be found on IMDB.com.
You can also view this trailer in HD on iTunes. Click on the link below to check out the first theatrical poster for the film as well.
In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams is a documentary chronicling the journey of turning a vision into a Tony Award winning musical. The documentary contains behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews, including Tony award winner Lin Manuel Miranda. The documentary will premiere on May 27, 2009 on PBS. I think this documentary could be quite interesting and the story of the show’s humble beginnings turned into award-winning success is an amazing “Cinderella” story in itself. Video trailer is courtesy of the In the Heights website.
“In the Heights” is a story about hope, love, family, and community set in the backdrop of Washington Heights in New York City. The music is fun and vibrant and the show is definitely energetic and an instant crowd pleaser. For more information about the show or the documentary, visit the In the Heights website.
According to a New York Times article, Universal Pictures has already purchased the rights to the show, so an “In the Heights” movie adaptation is not that far behind. Personally, I think this is great news as motion pictures allow for a bigger audience at an affordable price especially if you cannot see the show live on Broadway or on tour.