ROCK 'N' ROLL (BROADWAY)

What the critics say about ROCK 'n' ROLL on Broadway:

"**** Tom Stoppard's a 'rock' star!  Funny and enthralling."
Clive Barnes, THE NEW YORK POST

"Triumphant.   A passionately acted, decades-spanning tale of love, revolution and music.   ROCK 'n' ROLL had me hooked."
Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Exhilirating!   An impassioned contemplation of rock and revolution.   Rufus Sewell, Sinead Cusack and Brian Cox are superb.   Trevor Nunn's production crackles.   A play in which we happily groove to the guitar licks of history!"
Peter Marks, THE WASHINGTON POST

"I wouldn't have missed it for the world."
Terry Teachout, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

"Arguably Stoppard's finest play."
Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“TRIUMPHANT. ROCK 'N' ROLL is arguably STOPPARD'S FINEST PLAY. He is a MAGICIAN, and this is a passionately acted, decades-spanning tale of love, revolution and music. RUFUS SEWELL’s performance is that rare thing in acting, in which you see all the layers of a single life. SINEAD CUSACK is MARVELOUS. Her bravura presentation is the emotional touchstone of the play. Stoppard treats the characters of ROCK ‘N’ ROLL with a deep affection I've never encountered from him before, and the rhythms of TREVOR NUNN’s swift-footed staging had me HOOKED.”
Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“FOUR STARS! FUNNY and ENTHRALLING! ROCK ‘N’ ROLL offers you something to take out ot the theater you didn’t come in with. Stoppard has focused the same lens and the same dramatic process he used in THE COAST OF UTOPIA on his own time -- And it’s now even more sharply focused! Director TREVOR NUNN is a WIZARD at revealing the human face of Stoppard behind all the nervy, nervous brilliance. He has here a MARVELOUS team of actors.  RUFUS SEWELL is MASTERLY – he doesn’t just inhabit this role, he lives it, ticking off the years with meticulous truth.”
Clive Barnes, NEW YORK POST

“ROCK ‘N’ ROLL touches the heart while stimulating the mind. An intellectually challenging, intensely theatrical piece of work that is destined to be talked about wherever playgoers gather. I wouldn't have missed it for the world.”
Terry Teachout, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

“Tom Stoppard is A DRAMATIC UNIVERSE UNTO HIMSELF, a writer who fills his plays with big ideas and bold conclusions. He stays true to form in ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.”
Joe Dziemianowicz, DAILY NEWS

“EXHILIRATING, TOUCHING and REMARKABLE! Stoppard’s imagination is BUOYANT. An impassioned contemplation of rock, revolution and the end of communism. The three stars are SUPERB: Rufus Sewell is CAPTIVATING. Sinead Cusack matches him in the power of subtle persuasion. Brian Cox is HIGHLY ENTERTAINING. Director Trevor Nunn’s RESONANT production CRACKLES! This is Stoppard’s MOST HEARTENING STATEMENT IN YEARS, a play in which we happily groove to the guitar licks of history!”
Peter Marks, THE WASHINGTON POST

“SPLENDID, ILLUMINATING ENTERTAINMENT that resonates with emotion. The intoxicating spirit of freedom flows throughout this heartfelt and humane drama. The amazing RUFUS SEWELL anchors the richly embroidered story – he is FLAWLESS. BRIAN COX is MAGNIFICENT and SINEAD CUSACK is EXTRAORDINARY. Director TREVOR NUNN keeps the scenes moving with remarkable fluidity. There always will be ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.” 
Michael Kuchwara, AP

“ROCK ‘N’ ROLL commands admiration by being unafraid to make demands on its audience.  It considers the way we think, feel, grieve and believe, using music as the central, overstretching metaphor for revolution, protest, liberation and emotional survival. RUFUS SEWELL gives a WONDERFUL performance PACKED WITH HUMANITY.” 
David Rooney, VARIETY

“SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCES FROM TOP TO BOTTOM! Stoppard’s dialogue is DELIGHTFULLY WITTY.” 
John Simon, BLOOMBERG NEWS

“VERY CLEVER, QUITE ENTERTAINING and SUPERBLY ACTED by BRIAN COX, SINEAD CUSACK and RUFUS SEWELL.”
Robert Feldberg, THE RECORD

“ENORMOUSLY SATISFYING and EMOTIONALLY GRIPPING! I will not soon forget Rufus Sewell’s journey. Sinead Cusack is ASTONISHINGLY GOOD, delivering one of the single most powerful sequences in all of Stoppard.”
Eric Grode, THE NEW YORK SUN

“An extreme-sport expedition into the jagged coasts of Utopia.  STOPPARD is a theatrical provocateur of wit and ever-dazzling erudition.  BRIAN COX plays Max with poignant bow-wow ferocity, and SINEAD CUSACK is REMARKABLE.” 
Linda Winer, NEWSDAY

“YOU’LL BE ECSTATIC! Tom Stoppard's new masterpiece is fascinating, with a superb cast.”
David Richardson, WOR RADIO

"A BRILLIANTLY CONSTRUCTED, INTELLIGENT yet RICHLY EMOTIONAL play that ends in a BURST OF GLORY. Directed by the MASTERLY Trevor Nunn, Rufus Sewell gives a FASCINATING performance, Brian Cox acts with vociferous gruffness and Sinead Cusack plays movingly in a performance that builds in power."
Malcolm Johnson, THE HARTFORD COURANT

"Very good acting from director Trevor Nunn's ensemble. Sewell and Cusack SHINE BRIGHT."
Michael Sommers, THE STAR-LEDGER

“If you like to get a real intellectual workout at the theater, ROCK ‘N’ ROLL may be the play for you. The central performances are REMARKABLE.  BRIAN COX is FIERY and AMUSING, and SINEAD CUSACK is EXCELLENT.”
THE JOURNAL NEWS

What the critics said about ROCK 'n' ROLL in London:

"(The) hottest ticket in town, is so flush with feeling that it never seems to stop trembling  directed with lightning crackle and flash by Trevor Nunn. Stoppard's dazzling whirligig of a mind may be in full spin here, but he is definitely leading with his heart."
Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Tom Stoppard has written one of the great political plays in the English language, and like all great political plays, it resonates with humanity. A radical triumph. Trevor Nunn's production is a masterpiece of lucidity, intelligence and feeling."
John Peter, SUNDAY TIMES

"Glorious. More than rock 'n' roll. I love it! Profound, moving and embarrassingly good. The familiar Stoppardian wit and intellectual exuberance are married to a depth of feeling that frequently found me in tears, and it features the best rock music of any show running in London. Energetic, raw and passionate. I was tempted to end this review by saying It's only rock 'n 'roll but I like it. In fact, it's about much more than rock 'n' roll, and I love it. The finest play of 2006."
Charles Spencer, DAILY TELEGRAPH