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.

Press Quotes

“The surprise musical hit of the summer? ROOMS: a rock romance. Knockout Chicago Premiere … Propulsive direction … Galvanic Music Direction … Highly Recommended!”

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“A fun-loving, flirtatious frolic. It’s the perfect way to jam out while falling in love. ***1/2. Recommended!”

Katy Walsh, Chicago Theater Beat

“Director Benjamin Brownson and vocalists Matt Deitchmann and Hillary Marren attack their score with a full-throttle ebullience to awaken vivid memories of our own once-impetuous ambitions, their powerhouse vocals catalyzed by piano-man/music director Austin Cook and his stageside band.”

Mary Shen BarnidgeWindy City Times

“What’s vital to our continued engagement with the tale are compelling songs, of which Goodman has a handful, and two very charming actors – which Broken Nose Theatre’s production lucky has in Marren and Deitchman.”

Kris VireTime Out Chicago

“Matt Deitchman and Hillary Marren’s musical performances as the leads provide an emotionally rich tribute to the new-wave era.”

Dan JakesChicago Reader


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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