“Some songs are solo numbers,” he said. “But sometimes when you’re combining an Italian aria with a Led Zeppelin song, the vocals are passed back and forth.”
Vincent said the genesis for Rocktopia Live was when Evan performed it as a one-man show in Philadelphia.
“He booked it for two weeks, but it sold so well that they extended the run to eight weeks,” Vincent said.
Vincent’s own versatile pedigree was a reason why he was hired. He released three rock albums in the 1990s, then made a lateral move to Broadway, where he played significant roles in “Rent,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and Green Day’s “American Idiot.”
“Rob was looking for a rock vocalist, and he saw me in ‘Idiot,’ ” Vincent said. “I’ve been involved for a little over five years now. It took (Bob and Randall) a long time to get the music right.”
When PBS broadcast a live performance of Rocktopia Live from Budapest last June, the stage was set for a U.S. tour.
“The response was overwhelming,” Vincent said. “It was clear that audiences here wanted to see it live.”
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How to go
What: Rocktopia Live
Where: Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1
More Info: 513-621-2787 or www.cincinnatiarts.org.