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'Rocktopia' blends classical, rock music on The Palace Theatre stage

Mary Pickels
| Monday, June 11, 2018, 4:54 p.m.
The soaring sounds of 'Rocktopia' will rise from The Palace Theatre stage in Greensburg on Oct. 24.
Matthew Murphy
The soaring sounds of 'Rocktopia' will rise from The Palace Theatre stage in Greensburg on Oct. 24.

Following a successful Broadway run, "Rocktopia" is taking its show on the road, including a 7 p.m. Oct. 24 stop at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.

Defined in a news release as an "explosive musical concert event," the show spans classical music with 20th century rock, from Beethoven, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Puccini to Journey, Queen, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Heart and The Who.

The music is performed by a lineup of vocalists, a five-piece rock band, a 30-person choir and a 20-piece orchestra.

Vocalist and recording artist Rob Evan ("Les Miserables," "Jekyll & Hyde," Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and maestro Randall Craig Fleischer (San Francisco Symphony) are creators of the show, a release states.

An array of rock, Broadway, and opera singers include Evan; Chloe Lowery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Chris Botti, Yanni's Voices); Tony Vincent (Broadway: "American Idiot," "Rent," NBC's "The Voice"); and featuring Alyson Cambridge ("The Merry Widow at the Met Opera," "Madame Butterfly," "La Boheme" and "Show Boat").

Musicians include Grammy and Emmy Award-nominated violinist Máiréad Nesbitt (Celtic Woman, Lord of the Dance) and acclaimed guitarist Tony Bruno (MD and guitar for Enrique Iglesias & Rihanna, "America's Got Talent").

Tickets for The Palace Theatre show go on sale on June 15.


Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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