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The Rock And Roll Playhouse Releases Debut Album “Friends Rock!” Today

The Rock And Roll Playhouse Releases Debut Album “Friends Rock!” Today

Album Reimagines Music Classics Parents Will Love Introducing To Their Kids

The Rock And Roll Playhouse Remains The #1 Live Concert Series For Kids With National Live Shows Every Weekend In 2024





NEW YORK, NY (MARCH 8, 2024) – Today, The Rock and Roll Playhouseproudly presents its anxiously awaited debut album, FRIENDS ROCK!, out now via Republic Records: Kids & Family. It notably marks the first full-length body of work from the #1 Kids Live Concert Series in the U.S.!

Listen HERE

The album’s core cast of lovable characters - Mick, Stevie, Tina, Quinn, and Jerry- gleefully “kid-ify” a myriad of rock ‘n’ roll songbook staples. They translate the classic choruses and unmistakable melodies of rock music’s most recognizable anthems into age-appropriate singalongs for your little ones. Among many highlights, Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend” doubles as a sweet ode to friendship. Paying homage to another classic, they reimagine The Beatles’s “We Can Work It Out” for the next generation. Heralding the record last year, they even took the Friends theme song—“I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts—for a spin. The tune remains as uplifting as ever as they promise, “I’ll be there for you, ‘cause you’re there for me too.” Plus, FRIENDS ROCK! boasts originals such as “The Rock And Roll Playhouse Anthem” and more.

Check out the full tracklisting below. 

In other news, The Rock and Roll Playhouse continues to book family-concerts in the country’s most legendary rock clubs. A variety of live shows notably spans the music of Billy Joel, Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, and Taylor Swift, to name a few. They kick off March 9th with a performance at Bluebird Theater in Denver, CO and Boston, MA for Music of Grateful Dead For Kids”and rolling through New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, and beyond. 

Nothing rocks quite as much as FRIENDS

Founded by live music entrepreneur Peter Shapiro, The Rock and Roll Playhousehas quietly emerged as one of the most exciting purveyors of children’s music and a touring staple. The music is high-quality and multi-generational, focusing on the power of friendship.

About the release, Peter Shapiro commented, “I cannot wait to witness the magic that happens when you introduce our interpretations of classic rock and roll to families through these upcoming albums.

To further expand the Rock and Roll Playhouse brand, Shapiro tapped Angela C. Santomero, creator of “Blue’s Clues” and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” Santomero added prominent music producer, Stef Fink from Music Box who is series songwriter/producer for the smash Nickelodeon show “Monster High,” as they had recently worked together on the hit musical feature movie, “Blue’s Big City Adventure,” which was released by Republic Records: Kids & Family in November 2022.

Santomero says, “The albums are inspired by the popularity of kid’s audiobooks and podcasts -- mixed with everyone's favorite rock songs. I love how the characters come alive to celebrate friendship through song!"


See the full list of tour dates below. Purchase tickets HERE



  1. The Rock and Roll Playhouse Anthem
  2. Best Friend
  3. We Can Work It Out
  4. With A Little Help From My Friends
  5. You've Got A Friend
  6. What About Your Friends
  7. Count On Me
  8. You're My Best Friend
  9. I'll Be There For You
  10. I'll Be The One


The Rock and Roll Playhouse Tour Dates:

3/9 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

3/9 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

3/10 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

3/10 Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall

3/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl

3/16 Evanston, IL @ SPACE

3/16 Port Chester, NY @ Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre

3/17 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl

3/17 S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom

3/17 Portland, ME @ Portland House of Music

3/17 Keene, NH @ Colonial Performing Arts Center

3/23 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom 

3/23 Cincinnati, OH @ Ludlow Garage

3/23 Ardmore, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall

3/24 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

3/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl

3/24 Austin, TX @ Mohawk

3/24 Concord, NH @ BNH Stage

3/30 San Diego, CA @ Music Box

3/30 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

3/30 Port Chester, NY @ Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre

3/30 Philadelphia, PA @ Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia

3/30 Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy's

3/31 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl

4/7 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl

4/7 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

4/7 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

4/13 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

4/13 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom

4/14 S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom

4/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl

4/14 Austin, TX @ Mohawk

4/14 Ardmore, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall

4/20 Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy's

4/20 Athens, GA @ Touch of Brews

4/20 Port Chester, NY @ Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre

4/21 Concord, NH @ BNH Stage

4/21 Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall

4/21 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl

4/27 Cincinnati, OH @ Ludlow Garage

4/28 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl

4/28 Nashville, TN @ The Basement East

5/5 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom

5/11 Port Chester, NY @ Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre

5/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room

5/25 Vail Village, CO @ SpringFree Bluegrass Festival 

5/26 Vail Village, CO @ SpringFree Bluegrass Festival

6/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia



Founded in 2014 at its flagship venue, Brooklyn Bowl, The Rock and Roll Playhouse was conceived by prominent concert promoter Peter Shapiro. Shapiro, teaming with educator Amy Striem, created The Playhouse to enable his own children to experience the magic of live rock and roll in a real live music venue, but with music performed specifically for kid’s eyes and ears. The Rock and Roll Playhouse Concert Series introduces timeless songs to the next generation, while providing early music exposure, encouraging creativity and offering fun and educational ways for families to experience live music together. 

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Republic Records: Kids & Family launched as the official children’s division of Republic Records in August 2022. The division caters to audiences ages 0-12 with fun and family-friendly music, collaborations, and experiences tailored to early development. Its releases are traditionally aimed to entertain kids first and foremost, yet they still captivate the whole family. The imprint offers engaging, upbeat music, leveraging innovative partnerships with trusted brands such as Nickelodeon, NBC Universal and many more. With an emphasis on world-class presentation, Republic Records: Kids & Family appeals to little ears and beyond.

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Independent music entrepreneur Peter Shapiro owns and operates renowned venues The Capitol Theatre, Garcia’s and Brooklyn Bowl (with locations in Williamsburg, Las Vegas, Nashville, Philadelphia and recently announced Washington DC). Former owner of celebrated rock club Wetlands Preserve, Shapiro has produced and promoted countless of memorable live events, including Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead. Shapiro founded and created LOCKN’ music festival in Virginia, Jazz & Colors in Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the live music streaming platform and is the publisher of Relix Magazine. Shapiro’s recent book The Music Never Stops details Shapiro’s adventures in producing and promoting over 10,000 shows.



Angela Santomero is the Co-Creator, and Executive Producer for the award-winning Blue’s Clues franchise, including writing and producing the highly rated, and New York Times reviewed, Paramount + live action family movie, Blue’s Big City Adventure. In The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell referred to Blue’s Clues as "One of the stickiest TV shows EVER made.” Angela is the Creator, Executive Producer for the smash hit Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (PBS), as well as Super Why! (PBS). Angela has written numerous children’s books. which sold over 10 million copies, worldwide. Angela has written three books for adults, her newest book, Life Clues, set to release in 2024, following Preschool Clues and Radical Kindness.   



As the current Founder and CCO of Music Box (MBX)—a music solutions company, Stef Fink oversees a wide variety of projects on a daily basis where she is highly dedicated to creating space for women, BIPOC and underrepresented creators in entertainment. Stef is an award-winning producer with recent credits as Producer and Executive Music Producer of the Michael Jordan documentary, Unbanned: The Legend Of AJ1 (Lionsgate, Hulu, Tribeca Film Fest). She currently has the privilege of creating secret magic as a Senior Music Producer/ Imagineer for Walt Disney Imagineering. Stef was the Executive Music Producer and songwriter for the Nickelodeon film, Blues Clues and You: Blue’s Big City Adventure, and is currently the Series Songwriter/Music Producer for Mattel’s smash TV Show Monster High.



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