Robin Zander to Make Broadway Debut in Rocktopia

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Photo of Robin Zander by Danny McClister; used with permission)

Cheap Trick’s lead singer Robin Zander will make his Broadway debut as a special guest vocalist in the Broadway concert Rocktopia for the final week of its limited engagement, April 23 – 29. The show is described in the announcement as “an explosive concert event that fuses the most iconic 20th-century rock with world-renowned classical masterpieces.

The producers of the concert have also announced that rock icon Dee Snider, lead singer of Twisted Sisterwill also appear as a special guest vocalist in the show, in his case during  the fourth week of its limited engagement, April 9-15.

Rocktopia features the works of musical innovators across centuries—including Journey, Mozart, Queen, Beethoven, Aerosmith, Handel, Led Zeppelin, Tchaikovsky, U2, Copland, Heart, Puccini, The Who and more—performed by an elite lineup of vocalists, a five-piece rock band, a 40-person choir, and a 20-piece orchestra.”

The show’s opening night at the Broadway Theatre is on Tuesday, March 27. Tickets for the entire run are available at and on StubHub. A limited number of $35 General Rush Tickets will be available for that day’s performance when the Broadway Theatre Box Office (1681 Broadway) opens each day (10 a.m. Monday-Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday). Tickets are subject to availability. Special student pricing, beginning at $39, is available for the duration of the run.

Zander is widely considered to have one of the greatest rock voices of all time. He and Cheap Trick have always been known for their live performances and for such classic rock favorites: “I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police” and the anthem, “Surrender.” They earned a #1 single with “The Flame.” In 2016 the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The band have a very busy 2018 tour schedule. (Tickets are on sale here and here.)

Related: The inside story of Cheap Trick’s rise

Zander and Snider join Rocktopia’s diverse lineup of celebrated rock, Broadway, and opera vocalists. As previously announced, Grammy Award-winner Pat Monahan, lead singer of the multi-platinum-selling band Train, will make his Broadway debut as the featured guest vocalist for the first three weeks of the concert’s run, now through April 8.

An inaugural performance of the show, Rocktopia: Live from Budapest was recorded in front of a live audience in June 2016 at the 19th century Hungarian State Opera House for PBS. It was performed with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra with six vocalists, a five-piece rock band, the Hungarian State Opera Chorus, and the Jazz and More Choir. Rocktopia has since toured over 20 cities in the United States, featuring local symphonies and choirs across the country.

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