The Heart of Rock and Roll
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Get amped! THE HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL — the new musical comedy inspired by the timeless hits of HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS — is coming to Broadway with a rhythm that’ll drive you wild. Step into an era when the airwaves sizzled and bands with platinum dreams rocked every dive bar.
A raucous rom-com wrapped in pure musical joy, THE HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL centers on a couple of thirty-somethings who know exactly what they want from life—until they find each other. It’s going to take The Power Of Love — and a little help from their friends — to show them the way. Jam-packed with HUEY LEWIS megahits like “Working for a Living”, “Stuck with You” and “If this is It”, this shamelessly fun show will have you dancing in your seat (and all the way home). Don’t miss Broadway’s newest feel-great musical, THE HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL, where it’s Hip to be Square.
Jonathan A. Abrams (Book and Story) is a film and television writer/producer and theatrical book writer. His original screenplay, JUROR #2, directed by Clint Eastwood, is finishing production and will be released by Warner Brothers Pictures. He is also the creator/writer/executive producer of the television series “American Hiro” for FX, about the life of Benihana founder Hiroaki Aoki. Raised in San Francisco, he is a graduate of the USC school of Cinema-Television and is represented by Creative Artists Agency, Mosaic Media Group, McKuin Frankel Whitehead as well as Levine Plotkin. He is a married father of two young children and could not have written this musical without the help and support of his wife, Carrie Ainsworth, and the rest of his family.
Tyler Mitchell (Story) is a multifaceted film, television, and theatrical producer, writer, and executive who stands at the forefront of reshaping how global talent is discovered, material is developed, and content is produced. As the Co-Founder and CEO of Impact, Mitchell spearheads a groundbreaking content accelerator and vertical network for the entertainment industry that is democratizing access to the entertainment industry, accelerating the development of original content, and pioneering new technology that is transforming the way studios, producers, directors, writers, and crews collaborate to bring stories to the screen and stage. In 2021, Impact achieved a significant milestone, earning the distinction of being named the #2 most innovative company in the entertainment industry by Fast Company magazine. Before embarking on his journey with Impact, Tyler Mitchell served as the Executive Vice President of Motion Pictures at Imagine Entertainment, the iconic film and television production company founded by Academy Award winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. At Imagine, Mitchell oversaw a diverse slate of live-action films and orchestrated the launch of Imagine’s animation division in partnership with the internationally acclaimed animation studio, Animal Logic. Tyler Mitchell’s illustrious career extends beyond his executive roles, as he is a highly accomplished film producer who has shepherded 11 films and two television series into production, attracting some of Hollywood’s most revered talent, such as Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Bruce Willis, Olivia Wilde, Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman, Lucy Liu, Ashton Kutcher, Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Mila Kunis, James Gandolfini, and Alan Arkin. In 2018, Mitchell embarked on his inaugural theatrical endeavor co-writing the story and producing The Heart of Rock and Roll, an original musical inspired by the music and lyrics of the Grammy Award-winning artists Huey Lewis and The News. The production shattered box office records at San Diego’s prestigious regional theatre, The Old Globe.
Brian Usifer (Music Supervision, Arrangements, and Orchestrations) is a music director, orchestrator/arranger, pianist, and music producer. He is an arranger and orchestrator of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical on Broadway as well as the Associate Music Supervisor of The Book of Mormon. Prior to that, he was the Music Director of Disney’s Frozen and Kinky Boots on Broadway. Kinky Boots won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Orchestrations and the cast recording won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The West End production won an Olivier Award for Best Musical. He was also the Associate Music Supervisor for Kinky Boots on Tour, London, and in Toronto. Brian has played in the Broadway and off-Broadway orchestras of …Spelling Bee; Avenue Q; Altar Boyz; Bloodsong of Love: A Rock & Roll Spaghetti Western; and The Book of Mormon. As an orchestrator and arranger, Brian’s projects have also included The Heart of Rock and Roll with music by Huey Lewis at the Old Globe; Swept Away with music by the Avett Brothers at Berkeley Rep; Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money with music by Motown legend Lamont Dozier at The Atlantic Theater; May We All featuring the music of Florida Georgia Line and other country stars; Afterwords at the 5th Avenue Theatre; Into the Wild by Niko Tsakalakos and Janet Allard; A View From The River by Will Van Dyke and Jeff Talbott; Fantasy Football: The Musical? by David Ingber; Pool Boy by Niko Tsakalakos and Janet Allard; The UnCivil War by Rick Kunzi; Barnstormer by Douglas Cohen; and The First Snow by Niko Tsakalakos. Additional shows in development include Galileo featuring music by Michael Weiner and Zoe Sarnak with a book by Danny Strong, and Hearts Beat Loud by Ngozi Anyanwu and Niko Tsakalakos. On TV, he wrote additional orchestrations for NBC’s “Annie Live!” and “The Wiz Live!”; Clay Aiken’s “Tried and True,” for PBS; and can be heard as a pianist on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Amazon. Other theatre credits also include Chess at the Kennedy Center and more than five years of regional theatre including Follies at Barrington Stage Co. Concerts including Bobby and Kristen Lopez: American Songbook at Lincoln Center, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. As a music producer, his credits include a songwriting collaboration with Colin Donnell called The Nineteen Twenty. Their album, Chaos + Cocktails, is available for sale on iTunes and everywhere music streams. Other albums include The First Snow and Archetype by Jonathan Reid Gealt, Reflect by Tom Kitt, and the upcoming May We All. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from SUNY Fredonia, and a master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from NYU, with a Specialist Certificate in Orchestration from Berklee Online. He currently teaches at Berklee NYC. www.brianusifer.com
Lorin Latarro (Choreography) is the choreographer of Broadway’s upcoming Tommy, Into The Woods, Waitress, Mrs. Doubtfire, Les Liaisons Dangereuse with Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber, Waiting For Godot with Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart, Merrily We Roll Along for Roundabout, and La Traviata at The Met Opera. Lorin recently directed Candace Bushnell’s one woman show, Is There Still Sex In The City, at the Daryl Roth Theatre, which became a NYTimes Critic’s Pick. Additional Directing credits include #DATEME at The Westside Theatre, A Taste Of Things To Come at Broadway in Chicago’s Nederlander Theatre. Additional Choreography includes Encores Oliver!; Chess at The Kennedy Center; Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street at BAM; Public Theater’s Twelfth Night and The Odyssey (Delacorte Theater); Queen Of The Night, which garnered the Drama Desk Award. BFA -The Juilliard School, MA -NYU. She is a Drama Desk, Lortel, and Chita Rivera nominee.