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The Heart of Rock & Roll

September 6 – October 21, 2018
(Opening night: Friday, September 14)

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

A World Premiere Musical
Inspired by the music of Huey Lewis and the News
Book by Jonathan Abrams
Story by Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan Abrams
Directed by Gordon Greenberg
Choreography by Lorin Latarro
Music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Brian Usifer

An electrifying world premiere musical comedy inspired by the songs of one of the most beloved and iconic acts in music history, Huey Lewis and the News. Mainstays on the Chicago dive bar circuit, Bobby and his band are hustling for their big break. But after their latest rejection, Bobby decides it’s “Hip to Be Square,” trades in his guitar, and starts “Workin’ for a Livin’” in corporate America. His boss, Cassandra, has struggles of her own, having sacrificed her personal life for the company. When they both get a shot at their dreams—for Bobby, another crack at rock stardom, and for Cassandra, a chance to become CEO—they must decide “If This Is It” for their careers, or if “The Power of Love” triumphs over all. The Heart of Rock & Roll celebrates the classic songs of Huey Lewis and the News in this heartwarming and hilarious new musical.

Click here to listen to Huey Lewis talk about The Heart of Rock & Roll with Jimmy Kimmel

The Heart of Rock & Roll is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

Production Sponsor
Terry Atkinson
Elaine and Dave Darwin
Pam Wagner and Hans Tegebo
Sheryl and Harvey White


Artist Sponsor for Brian Usifer (Music Director)
Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust

Artist Sponsor (Artist TBD)
Union Bank

 Press Release

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Publicity Photos

Huey Lewis and the News. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo by Richard Frollini.
Huey Lewis and the News. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo by Richard Frollini.
Huey Lewis.  The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Huey Lewis. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Jonathan Abrams. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Jonathan Abrams. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Tyler Mitchell. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Tyler Mitchell.  The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Gordon Greenberg. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo by Susan Stripling.
Gordon Greenberg. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo by Susan Stripling.
Lorin Latarro. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Lorin Latarro. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Brian Usifer. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Brian Usifer. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Derek McLane. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Derek McLane. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Paloma Young. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Paloma Young. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Howell Binkley. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo by Daniel A Swalec.
Howell Binkley. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo by Daniel A Swalec.
John Shivers. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
John Shivers. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
David Patridge. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
David Patridge. The Heart of Rock & Roll will run Sept. 6 – Oct. 21, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.