Cast of Arts Club production of Red Rock Diner (2014). Photo Credit: Emily Cooper

Red Rock Diner

By Dean Regan

Vancouver, 1957.

Five teens come of age while DJ Red Robinson plays the biggest hits of the time—from the raucous “Great Balls of Fire” and “Jailhouse Rock” to ballads like “Diana” and “Crying.” This infectious musical captures the excitement and innocence of the city’s burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll scene.

Inspired by Red Robinson’s early days in radio, playwright Dean Regan created Red Rock Diner to showcase Robinson’s legendary broadcasting career and his influential voice that shaped Vancouver in the 1950s. Filled with energy, phenomenal talent, and great music, Red Rock Diner will leave you singing and dancing along to all of the songs you’ve come to love and grow up with!

The singing and dancing are terrific. The band is hot. And individual performances are great.

The Vancouver CourierJo Ledingham

Toe-tapping beats, a nostalgic song list, and the incredibly talented cast made this an enjoyable summer performance.

The Vancouver ObserverMonica Miller

The ensemble carries the audience through the songs effortlessly, and their energy is so contagious…well-choreographed fun.

The RunnerSamantha Thompson

Inspiring entertainment…a palpable energy that had the crowd moving.

Production Details

4 Male

2 Female

5 Band

Approx. 2 hours 10 minutes, including intermission

By Dean Regan

January 31, 2011

PAST EVENT: Red Rock Diner – Stage West Calgary (AB), June 29 – September 2, 2018

July 9, 2010

PAST EVENT: Red Rock Diner – Drayton Entertainment (ON), September 13 – December 24, 2016

Production History

First opened in 1997 at the Arts Club, Red Rock Diner was such an enormous success that it played a second Vancouver run a few years later, as well as receiving major productions in Toronto, Kansas City (at the Hallmark Theatre), and at a number of theatres across Canada.
The original 1998 touring production featured Michael Bublé and broke box office records at the Surrey Arts Centre.

Neil Minor, Michael Buble, Mark Weatherley, Curtis Blayne,

Jennifer Copping & Debbie Timuss, Arts Club (1998). Photo: Glen Erikson.

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