Eddie Money chose Rochester of all places for the world premiere of his new musical “Two Tickets to Paradise” which chronicles his life.
It will hit the Kodak Center Main Stage from February 14-18 with the help of the Rochester Association of Performing Arts, or RAPA.
An orchestra, rock band and cast of local performers will join Money in the performance.
(Find ticket information here.)
Adam Chodak interviewed Money about the musical and why he picked Rochester.
Adam: How did Rochester come on your radar?
Money: My Aunt Mickey and Uncle Jackie used to live up here when I was a kid and it’s a great Rock n’ Roll town. (I was visiting friends recently) and then I rolled into the Kodak Center with the theater they got here, with the RAPA people and I said maybe I should put my play on back here.
Adam: How did the musical come about?
Money: I originally saw the Jersey Boys and the camaraderie that they had reminded me of my group growing up, the Grape of Wrath, on Long Island and I quit the police department when my father was Patrolman of the Year and moved out to California and eventually I got a record deal with Columbia Records and Bill Graham and making a lot of money, I was making $1,000 a minute for a 75-minute show. Then I had the drug overdose which was horrible, and I couldn’t work for two years, blew all of my money again, but then I came back and had a couple of great records again, I guess it’s in my blood, I want to thank the big guy upstairs for taking very good care of me. To tell the Eddie Money story to tell you the truth, Adam, it’s a dream come true for me. It’s kind of like my Jersey Boys.
Adam: How is it working with a local cast and crew?
Money: What I’m letting them do is run with it because they’re very professional people and they’re closer to Broadway than I’ll ever get.
Adam: Do you ever get tired of singing the hits everyone wants?
Money: You’re probably thinking to yourself you get tired of singing “Baby, Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Walk on Water” … but when you get out there and do these songs, you’re like Ricky Ricardo, and you see these people light up and I met my wife and I met my girlfriend … It’s like, you’ve got these hits from the 70s and 80s, people start to reminisce and they think about the good part of their life and stuff like and it’s great.