ModRock, a musical explosion of youth filled with Brit-hits from the ‘60s at NoHo’s El Portal Theatre

Photo by Chelsea Coleman

From l, Melinda Porto (Kate), Steven Good (Adam), and Jade Tailor (Lulu) in “ModRock.”

An exciting new show about a vibrant time in the music world, ModRock is poised to be the ultimate super-swinging blast that will put us in the way-back machine and send us to the explosive start of the British Music Invasion in the mid-1960s.

“Groovy was just around the corner as styles and cultures clashed between the Mods and the Rockers in London,” says producer Tom Coleman. “That’s the background of our show which follows star-crossed lovers from the rival working class Mod and Rocker factions. We have an extraordinary group of young performers with the energy and enthusiasm to take you on a great journey filled with 20 classic songs.”

Providing a strong narrative are the big Brit-hits of the fab era, including “We Gotta Get Out of this Place,” “For Your Love,” “Bus Stop,” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying,” “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” “A Summer Song,” “You’ve Got Your Troubles,” “I’m A Man,” “I Only Want To Be With You,” “There’s A Kind of Hush,” and “Downtown.”

A cast of 12 young stage and TV professionals makes the setting of 1965 come alive. The ensemble cast includes Melinda Porto and Steven Good as the lovers Kate and Adam, as well as Harley Jay, Emily Morris, and Adrianna Rose Lyons as the Rockers. The Mods are portrayed by Erin Watkins, Scott Kruse, Ian Littleworth, Julia Tobe, and Scott Weston.

A labor of love for director Brian Lohmann (the associate artistic director of the Impro Theatre), he describes the show as “an explosion of youth on the streets of London surrounded by the dynamic sounds of the era. Who wouldn’t want to be on Carnaby Street in 1965? The moment you hear the band, you’ll be there thanks to our musical director John Ballinger. This is really a concert with a Romeo and Juliet story weaving it together, rather than a traditional Broadway show.”

The musical ModRock makes its world premiere at NoHo’s El Portal Theatre for a limited engagement starting June 19. For tickets and information go to the El Portal Theatre at elportaltheatre.com, or call (818) 508-4200, or visit modrockmusical.com.


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