ROOMS: a rock romance


She longs to see every room in the world; he just wants to stay in his.

The year is 1977.  The New Wave is sweeping the UK and America.  Monica, an ambitious singer in search of fame at any cost, meets Ian, a reclusive rocker who prefers to be left alone with his guitar.  Sensing a spark that may go beyond the music, the two wailing wunderkinds team up, rock out, and travel from Glasgow to London to New York in their rise to stardom, only to be confronted with the hard choices that come with trying to have it all.

Nominated for Outstanding Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama Desk Awards, and the Helen Hayes Awards, and fresh on the heels of successful runs in New York, LA, and London, Broken Nose Theatre is thrilled to present the Chicago Premiere of this electrifying new rock romance that Broadway World hailed as “a new contender for Best Musical!”

Directed by Artistic Director Benjamin Brownson (My First Time), with music direction by Jeff Award winner Austin Cook (Putting It Together, Porchlight; Some Enchanted Evening, Theo Ubique), ROOMS was presented in Wicker Park, at Collaboraction’s Pentagon theater in the Flat Iron Arts Building.


Ian – Matthew Deitchman
Monica – Hillary Marren
Ian Understudy – Scott Johnston*
Monica Understudy – Rachel Morgan


Benjamin Brownson* (Director/Producer), Austin Cook (Music Director), Spenser Davis* (Producer), Cody Bauer (Producer), Scott Johnston* (Producer), Paul Scott Goodman (Book, Music and Lyrics), Miriam Gordon (Book), Ellen Willett (Production Manager), John Wilson (Scenic Designer), Mac Vaughey (Lighting Designer), Russell Goddard (Sound Designer), Rachel S. Parent (Costume Design), Arianna Soloway (Props Designer), Tim McCalister (Technical Director), John Kelly (Master Electrician), Kristine Larimore (Stage Manager), Kendra Kargenian (Dialect Coach), William Marquez (Follow Spot Operator), Rikka Leigh (Follow Spot Operator), Sam Brownson (Guitarist), Chuck Zayas (Bass Player), and Matthew Sitz (Percussionist)

* Indicates Broken Nose Theatre company member

ROOMS: A ROCK ROMANCE is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10018. (866) 378-9758
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