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Alexandria's MetroStage Presents 'Rooms: a Rock Romance' - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Oct 16,2018
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Candice Shedd-Thompson and Matthew Schleigh star in MetroStage’s production of “Rooms: a Rock Romance,” from Oct. 11 to Nov. 11. Photo by Carolyn Griffin

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ALEXANDRIA, VA. - The musical “Rooms: a Rock Romance” will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a new production at MetroStage in Alexandria from Oct. 11 to Nov. 11.

The setting takes place in Glasgow in the 1970s. Monica, an ambitious singer songwriter meets Ian, a reclusive rocker. They become entangled creatively and romantically with their music and their quest for stardom taking them from Glasgow to London and ultimately New York City, discovering a vibrant new punk music scene along the way. It is a gritty rock musical exploring the universal desire to escape and create, to love and explore.

According to Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin: “Ten years ago MetroStage premiered the musical ‘Rooms: a Rock Romance’ by Paul Scott Goodman and Miriam Gordon. It was a delightful gem of a musical with two characters who were aspiring rock singers and followed their journey from Glasgow to London and ultimately to New York City. Of course, they encountered some challenges along the way.”

She continued: “Goodman’s score was universally acclaimed and has been a cult classic ever since. From MetroStage, it moved to GeVa Theatre in Rochester, N.Y., and then to New World Stages in N.Y.C. Natascia Diaz, the original Monica, won the Helen Hayes Award as Outstanding Lead Actress. It has since played all over the country in addition to London. And now it returns to MetroStage for a 10th anniversary showing.”

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