NEW YORK — Marrying rock ’n’ roll and Broadway has long been a challenge.

Jukebox musicals, for instance, tend to incorporate some of the most beloved and influential songs of the rock era in theatrical productions aimed at audiences more interested in dressing up for a toe-tapping evening of polite theater rather than a hot and sweaty, roof-rattling, decibel-cranking night in a smoky nightclub.

As far back as 1989 with “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story,” on through shows built on music of the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Motown, Sun Records and others, there always has been a certain something missing, at least for this viewer and lifelong rock fan.

For my money, the element that few, if any, theater producers and directors have successfully harnessed has been the authentic in-and-of-the-moment spirit of rock ’n’ roll.