As a writer, Rob wrote the music and lyrics for the critically acclaimed Broadway musical THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL, for Theatreworks USA (book by Joe Tracz). The hourlong adaptation ran in 2015 and was nominated for a Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical before touring the country. The two-act adaptation played Off-Broadway in 2017 and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical before launching a six month tour across North America. The show will open on Broadway at the Longacre theatre in 2019. Rob’s graphic novel musical MONSTERSONGS received a World Premiere Recording from Broadway Records in 2017 and was part of the prestigious NAMT festival in 2018. It is currently being developed as a virtual reality video game. Rob’s musical, LOVE, NY (co-written with Mike Ruby) won the 2009 American Harmony Award and was presented at New World Stages (NY), Curtain Call (CT), and Oklahoma University. Rob has had work featured in the York's NEO series, at Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub, Ars Nova & at universities internationally. Also with Ruby: RELATIVITY (Theatre Row, selected for The Pitch at Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival), 20 TO LIFE (American University), STRANGE TAILS (West Village Musical Theatre Festival; Best Musical, Best Lyrics, Best Score, Best Book; ANT fest). Composer/lyricist for MARTHA & ME (NY Fringe) and SAMSON’S FIRE (The Cell Theater), GINGERBREAD HOUSE (New York Film Academy). Broadway performers have sung his songs throughout New York, benefits across the country.
As a music director, Rob music directed the New York premiere of Departure Lounge (directed by Christopher Gattelli) at The Public Theater; Joe Iconis' ReWrite (also arranged for Samuel French) at The Goodspeed Opera; Hairspray, at the John W. Engeman Theater, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, at TriArts at Sharon Playhouse and others.
Rob is on the musical theatre faculty at CAP21 and Pace University, and is the Finale music guru for the nationally recognized children’s theatre publishing giant, iTheatrics. Rob is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in English and a BFA in Musical Theatre. He has three albums available online: I’m Ready: The Songs of Rob Rokicki, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Original Cast Recording, and Monstersongs World Premiere Recording.
Rob resides in NYC and is in a committed relationship with both his melodica and his cat, Madison.