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Rock star Eddie Money launches world premiere of his musical in Rochester Feb. 14 to 18 Two Tickets to Paradise: The Eddie Money Musical was created by and stars Eddie Money

Rochester, N.Y. — The world premiere of a new musical created by and starring Grammy®-nominated Eddie Money takes the stage at Kodak Center February 14 to 18, 2018. Two Tickets to Paradise: The Musical features the Money Man himself, alongside a cast of twenty professional actors who dance and sing through his life story and rock ‘n’ roll journey.

Rocking the house with his biggest hits, plus new Broadway-style stage songs, Money’s score includes the title song “Two Tickets to Paradise,” plus “Baby Hold On,” “I Wanna Go Back,” “Shakin’,” “No Control,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” and more.  

Featuring a full orchestra and rock band, Two Tickets to Paradise: The Musical follows Money’s career from the late 1960s through the 1980s — an emotional and comical journey from his days training to be a New York City police officer to reaching legendary global stardom as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Money’s blue-collar brand of feel-good rock ‘n’ roll transcends generations, selling more than 28 million records and landing 23 hits in the Top 100.

“For me, the musical captures that most important time when you’re starting out before you get jaded,” Money said. He assures Two Tickets to Paradise is not a “jukebox musical,” but more like the classic Broadway shows he and his sisters used to act out as kids. “It’s not just a Rock of Ages and it’s not just a rock ‘n’ roll musical,” Money said. “It’s a Broadway musical with Broadway-style songs.”

Money wrote the original book, music, and lyrics to Two Tickets to Paradise, and the world-premiere production has been adapted and arranged by the Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA). The production is being presented by Premier Theatre Productions and RAPA along with Eddie Money Entertainment Inc. and. The musical’s artistic director is Eric Vaughn Johnson, the music and vocal director is Yunjin Audrey Kim, and the choreographer is Terri Filips Vaughan.

Two Tickets to Paradise: The Musical will run for five shows at the Kodak Center, 200 W. Ridge Road, Rochester:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. (ASL-interpreted performance)
  • Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $39.50 to $59.50 and are on sale at RapaTheatre.org, in person at Record Archive, or by calling (585) 254-0073. This production of Two Tickets to Paradise: The Musical is presented with support from Record Archive, Hyatt Regency Rochester, the House of Guitars, Pane Vino Ristorante, City Newspaper, Dresden Public Relations, and Steven James.

About the Cast

Members of cast portray Eddie Money’s parents, little sisters, high school bandmates and friends, manager, and wife.

Leading the show’s cast is 23-year-old Alec Nevin as young Eddie Money. A Webster native and graduate of Ithaca College, he performed in Gaybraham Lincoln: The Musical (Thespis Play Festival), Peter and the Starcatcher (Ted) at The Cider Mill Playhouse, and Rent (Roger) at the Clear Space Theatre. 

Morgan Troia is Laurie Mahoney, Eddie’s wife. She recently relocated to Rochester from New York City where she performed in the Off-Broadway musical The Imbible: Christmas Carol Cocktails. Other credits include Annie (Lily St Regis), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), and Hairspray (Amber). She holds a BFA in acting from SUNY Fredonia.

Portraying Eddie’s mom, Dottie Mahoney, is Dresden Engle, a Rochester-based actor, comedian, playwright, and singer who for two decades has performed in Rochester, as well as Off-Broadway, with popular sketch-comedy troupe EstroFest, in addition to fronting the rock band Dresden in the 1990s. Steve Vaughan is Eddie’s father, Dan Mahoney. He is a Buffalo-based actor, artistic and opera director, and certified fight director and stage combat teacher.

About Eddie Money

Eddie Money was born Edward Joseph Mahoney on March 21, 1949, in Brooklyn. He dreamed of being a musician and while attending high school in Long Island sang with the band The Grapes of Wrath. However, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a police officer.

In 1968, after serving as a New York City police officer for two years, Money put his law enforcement career on hold to pursue music. He moved to Berkeley, Calif., and began performing at local clubs. Then, in 1976, after changing his surname from Mahoney to Money, his fate changed when he was introduced to legendary promoter Bill Graham, who served as both a mentor and manager to Money. Said Graham of Money, “Eddie Money has it all … not only can he sing, write, and play, but he is a natural performer.”

After signing a recording contract with Columbia Records, Money burst onto the scene with his debut album in 1977. Fans immediately fell in love with Money’s sound, and the album, which went double platinum, featured the hits “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Money followed the success of his debut album with a stream of Top 40 hits, as well as some of the MTV’s most creative videos for songs like “Think I’m in Love” and “Shakin.” In 1986, Money released the album “Can’t Hold Back,” which featured the Grammy-nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight.” The song reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went platinum and also featured the hit “I Wanna Go Back.”

Maintaining a busy touring schedule, Money has been joined in the last year by his children on tour and is currently filming an AXS TV reality series titled Real Money, set to begin airing on April 8. He and his wife of 29 years, Laurie, have one daughter, Jesse, and four sons: Zachary, Joseph, Desmond, and Julian.

About Eddie Money

Eddie Money was born Edward Joseph Mahoney on March 21, 1949, in Brooklyn. He dreamed of being a musician and while attending high school in Long Island sang with the band The Grapes of Wrath. However, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a police officer.

In 1968, after serving as a New York City police officer for two years, Money put his law enforcement career on hold to pursue music. He moved to Berkeley, Calif., and began performing at local clubs. Then, in 1976, after changing his surname from Mahoney to Money, his fate changed when he was introduced to legendary promoter Bill Graham, who served as both a mentor and manager to Money. Said Graham of Money, “Eddie Money has it all … not only can he sing, write, and play, but he is a natural performer.”

After signing a recording contract with Columbia Records, Money burst onto the scene with his debut album in 1977. Fans immediately fell in love with Money’s sound, and the album, which went double platinum, featured the hits “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Money followed the success of his debut album with a stream of Top 40 hits, as well as some of the MTV’s most creative videos for songs like “Think I’m in Love” and “Shakin.” In 1986, Money released the album “Can’t Hold Back,” which featured the Grammy-nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight.” The song reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went platinum and also featured the hit “I Wanna Go Back.”

Maintaining a busy touring schedule, Money has been joined in the last year by his children on tour and is currently filming an AXS TV reality series titled Real Money, set to begin airing on April 8. He and his wife of 29 years, Laurie, have one daughter, Jesse, and four sons: Zachary, Joseph, Desmond, and Julian.

About RAPA Theatre

The Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA), founded 40 years ago in 1978, is a theater company dedicated and committed to all interested in the arts in Rochester and beyond. RAPA branches off into three opportunities to better serve the community: Professional theater, RAPA Family Theatre, and School for Performing Arts. Home to a wide variety of performers, RAPA’s actors and staff range from former Broadway performers to successful television and film personalities.

Attention Media

High-res images of Eddie Money and the musical’s cast, as well this news release and background information, are online at bit.ly/EddieMoneyMusical

Media Contacts:

Dresden Engle
Director, Dresden Public Relations
dresden@dresdenpr.com
(585) 319-1812 (cell)

Eric Vaughn Johnson
Artistic Director
evaughnjohnson@gmail.com
(585) 254-0073 (office)