The Edmond Sun

January 25, 2013

‘The Rock & The Rabbi’ returns to OC Feb. 1-2


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The popular musical “The Rock & The Rabbi” returns to the metro area Feb. 1-2 at Oklahoma Christian University.

The musical is based on the friendship between Peter and Jesus as told in the Bible.

In its 14th year of touring, this mix of original acoustic music and storytelling has entertained audiences from Tampa to Dallas to New York City. The cast of 11 acts, sings and plays instruments during the production, which includes eight songs.

This year’s performances are the second time the cast has come to Oklahoma Christian, following its 2009 visit. The positive reception three years ago factored into finance professor Jody Jones’ decision to invite the cast back.

“We heard so many good comments after that first visit that we knew we wanted to bring them back,” Jones said.

“Many who come to the show have seen it sometime before in its 14-year run. They like it so much that they want to see it again.”

A portion of the proceeds from the shows will help fund travel costs for a student investment conference in New York City. OC’s theater honor society, Alpha Psi Omega and Giving Tree Theater also will benefit from money raised by the performances. As a fundraising event, Jones knew “The Rock and The Rabbi” was a great fit for OC.

“This is the most compelling way I’ve ever heard the story of Peter and Jesus told,” Jones said.

“Plus, the message of the show really matches the mission of OC.”

The “Rock & The Rabbi” was written by the writing and composing team of Danny Hamilton and Gary Richardson. Hamilton’s intent when writing the show was to create a unique approach to the greatest story ever told.

“We wanted to make the show very understandable and engaging for modern times,” he said.

“We wanted to tell it in a common language, and we’ve been pleasantly surprised by how many audience members tell us they have to come back and share it with a friend.”

The show will be staged in Hardeman Auditorium on the OC campus. Tickets are on sale at www.oc.edu/rabbi for $15-$25 and can be picked up at the auditorium box office. For groups of 20 or more, call 425-5590. Performances will be Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.; and Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.