Show preems in H'wood on Jan. 26
The latest jukebox musical may very well be the jukebox from hell. Or at least the Sunset Strip in the mid-1980s.Prospect Pictures will stage the world premiere of “Rock of Ages,” a tuner set in the hair band era, Jan. 26-Feb. 18 at the Vanguard in Hollywood. Executive producers Hillary Weaver and Janet Billig Rich hope for a transfer to a Las Vegas venue. CAA is repping the show. Set among the clubs of the Strip — the Whisky-a-Go-Go, the Roxy, Rainbow Bar & Grill and Gazzarri’s — tuner will include hits of the ’80s such as “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger, “I Hate Myself for Loving You” by Joan Jett, “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake and “High Enough” from Damn Yankees. Cast includes Laura Bell Bundy (“Hairspray,” “Wicked”), Dan Finnerty of the Dan Band and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D. Kristin Hanggi, whose credits include “bare” and “Pussycat Dolls: Live at the Roxy,” will direct. Producing for Prospect Pictures are Matthew Weaver, who produced “Pretty Persuasion” and the docu “Searching for Debra Winger,” Carl Levin and Marcos Siega.