The summer production of School Of Rock – The Musical is set to be presented at the Count Basie Center for the Arts on Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24.

“School of Rock is a unique presentation in that we’re looking for four, dynamic quadruple threat lead performers – actors who can sing, dance, act and play a musical instrument,” said James Grausam, Managing Artistic Director, Phoenix Productions. “Of equal importance is our dedication to making sure the show’s lineup demonstrates our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the idea that actors of all ethnicities, gender expressions, cultural heritages and body types are welcomed and encouraged to participate in our company.”

In addition to the lead roles, School Of Rock offers opportunities for actors of all types and ages to perform on the historic Count Basie Center stage, The Basie Center has been Phoenix Productions’ home for more than three decades, with over 100 musical productions having been performed there since 1990.

Earlier this year, Phoenix Productions and the Basie Center announced their intention to merge, pairing two of the state’s most dynamic arts and entertainment nonprofits to survive, grow and create in a post-pandemic performing arts landscape.

Together, Phoenix Productions and the Count Basie Center share the vision to bring together a diverse mix of talented artists who are committed to doing their best work in an inclusive arena.

“At the heart of the Basie Center’s mission as a not for profit is to deepen our commitment to cultural competency, racial equity and social inclusion,” said Adam Philipson, CEO and President, Count Basie Center for the Arts. “Equity is one of our core values, and we are committed to advancing inclusion, diversity and accessibility for all as we place the community we serve at the forefront. We strive for exemplary quality in everything we do, to create a positive, joyful, seamless experience for artists, patrons, and students.”

Auditions will be held on Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19 from 6-9PM and on Saturday, May 21 from 10AM[1]1PM at Phoenix’s headquarters at 59 Chestnut Street in Red Bank.

Full details on available roles, commitment and signups are located at

Rock Hall 2022 Members React to their Pending Inductions

  • Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

    Pat and Neil issued a statement saying, “We are thrilled and humbled to become part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame family. Thank you to everyone who voted especially the fans and congratulations to all the other inductees.”


    The couple, who’ve been married since 1982, also sat down with Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris and Benatar said, in part, “I’ve been lobbying for 25 years to get the real story about how everything began. It wasn’t about me — well, it was about me, partially. It was about us together. I’m very excited and pleased we get to go in together, because that is the real story.”

  • Duran Duran

    Duran Duran issued a video statement with John Taylor saying, in part, “We are so honored and thrilled and happy. We really want to thank our fans, the people who’ve been voting for us, really, really pushing and giving us the people’s vote. We’re very proud of that.” (Duran Duran received the most votes on the Fans' Ballot with a whopping 934,880 votes. The next highest was Eminem with 684,237 votes.)

  • Judas Priest

    Judas Priest issued a statement saying, “We are thrilled and honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame 2022. This is also a great moment for British Heavy Metal, Metal worldwide and our amazing fans who support us and keep flying the flag for Metal and Judas Priest!”

    Rob Halford also sat down with Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris saying, in part, “This is such a beautiful moment not only for Priest but for heavy metal here in the U.S.A. and around the world. This is just the power and the reach that the Hall of Fame has. So, it’s time to celebrate!”

  • Eurythmics

    Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart said in a brief statement, “We are beyond delighted to announce that Eurythmics have been inducted into the legendary Rock Hall.”

    Lennox and Stewart also sat down with Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris with Lennox saying, in part, “To get that opportunity to create was what we wanted. That is what we did. It wasn’t about the end result. It wasn’t about the prizes. If you create something of value, maybe the prizes will come, but you can’t make anything because at the end of the day you were going to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You have to do the dirty [work], and you have to take the steps.”

    Stewart would add, “Our influences, a lot of it came from American music. Obviously, Annie’s Scottish, and I’m British, and we’re going into the American Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I feel quite full circle in a way…I never imagined in a million years that I’d even be making any music, never mind being in America and being put in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”

  • Lionel Richie

    Lionel Richie said in a statement, “Being elected to the Rock Hall is an incredible honor. I would like to say THANK YOU to all of the voters, to all of my wonderful fans and to everyone at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all of my fellow 2022 inductees!”

    Richie also sat down with Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris where he said, in part, “The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is the holy grail, as far as I’m concerned. In terms of your peers, who you’re in there with, the history, what they all had to go through to get there…When you look at that list of what I’m joining right now, to think of my beginnings and to think about the kid in Alabama all the way to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, it humbles me to even think I’m in the list.”

  • Carly Simon

    Carly Simon said, in part, in the audio clip below, “Well, it’s so personal because it’s not going to be that important to anyone else. I mean, it’s sort of nice for other people to if they like me to say, oh, I’m with Carly Simon just in the way that it’s great for me to be with Todd Rundgren or Bob Dylan or the Doobie Brothers or Robert Johnson or I mean, so many. I can’t even begin to tell you how many people are my favorites. It’s like you join a list of your favorite singers and what does it mean?”

    She continued, “It’s an honor, and it’s like any other honor. You’ve got something to show for it in your dreams. For the rest of your life, you’re going to be dreaming about it.