New in 2018 A live concert event that fuses rock songs with classical music, featuring an array of rock, Broadway, and opera vocalists, comes to Broadway for a limited 6-week engagement.
From the producers: A rule-busting multimedia Broadway extravaganza, "Rocktopia" fuses the most iconic 20th-Century rock with the most world-renowned classical compositions. Five world-class vocalists - backed by a full symphony orchestra, an electrifying rock band and a powerhouse choir - take the very concept of music itself to electrifying new heights. The anthems of Queen and Journey meet the odes of Beethoven. The power of Zeppelin merges with the poetry of Puccini. The greatness of The Who blends with the grandeur of Strauss. Experience the one-of-a-kind sound of "Rocktopia." See it. Hear it. Believe it.
Developed over the past eight years, "Rocktopia" is inspired by the idea that if Beethoven or Mozart were alive today, they would be modern-day rock stars. The concert features works by Mozart, Journey, Handel, U2, Tchaikovsky, Heart, Beethoven, Journey, Foreigner, Rachmaninoff, Queen, Aaron Copland, The Who and more. Created by vocalist and recording artist Rob Evan ("Les Miserables," "Jekyll & Hyde") and Maestro Randall Craig Fleischer, a pioneer in the fusion of symphonic rock and world music, the concert features vocalists, a five-piece rock band, a choir of 40 and an orchestra of 20.
Casting Notes: Grammy-winning and multi-platinum-selling lead singer of the pop-rock band Train, Pat Monahan, will make his Broadway debut for performances 3/20 - 4/8.
Featured singers include Rob Evan, Chloe Lowery , Tony Vincent, Kimberly Nichole and Alyson Cambridge, accompanied by musicians such as violinist Máiréad Nesbitt, guitarist Tony Bruno, pianist Henry Aronson, bass player Mat Fieldes and drummer Alex Alexander.
"Rocktopia" brings together the worlds of classical music and rock under the theory that they are more simpatico than a casual listener might assume. The intention may be to underline the resemblances between the pieces, but the result is a cacophony. The vocalists generally acquit themselves well enough. Ultimately, though, the real problem is the set list's utter blandness. Judging by the evidence on stage here, if classical music spawned one thing, it is the power ballad.
The musical mishmashes on display rarely come off effectively, more often feeling like gimmickry than the presumed intent of having the two styles musically complement and comment on each other. The snippets from well-known classical pieces followed by bombastic renditions of overly familiar rock songs prove novel for the first few minutes. But over the course of two-and-a-half hours, it becomes a punishing exercise that will please neither classical nor rock lovers.