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Rock of Ages Review- Party Like It's 1987!

By Ellen Hager

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Are you ready to ROCK?! I mean REALLY ROCK?! If you answered ‘yes’, then you better head on down to Rock of Ages at the Bank of America Theatre! This brand new, mega hit musical features your all time favorite 80’s tunes including music from Journey, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Styx and Whitesnke. So dig out your acid-washed jean jacket, get someone to watch the kids (you’re not going to want them to see this one) and get ready to rock your leg warmers off!

Drew and his adoring fans.


From the minute I entered the theatre and made my way through a massive mob of crazed fans, I knew this was not just any musical. This was an opportunity for people to be transported back to another time! Audience members donned their favorite band t-shirts and talked excitedly about their favorite 80’s bands, reminiscing back to their high school and college days when sex, drugs and rock and roll were the rules to live by. Best of all, to really bring you back to the good old days, pretend lighters were handed out to sway with to ballads like Poison’s “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” and REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling”. Just when I thought there was no way the crowd could get more excited when they noticed that Jim Peterik of Survivor was in the audience! From then on out, I knew tonight was going to be “Nothin’ but a Good Time”!

The cast rocks out!


Stacee Jaxx and Sherrie share a moment.


“Rock of Ages opened April 7, 2009 at Broadways’ Brooks Atkinson Theatre to critical acclaim, following an off Broadway engagement in Fall 2008. The Broadway production was nominated for Five 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical and New Line Records released the Original Broadway Cast Recording in July 2009, featuring 28 songs from the show. A New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. film of the musical directed by Adam Shankman, is scheduled to be released in 2011…”

Stacee Jaxx gives his farewell performance.


The show is directed by Tony Award Nominee Kristin Hanggi with choreography by Kelly Devine. David Gibbs and Ethan Popp wrote the original Arrangements and Orchestrations featuring Beowulf Boritt as the scenic designer.  You are bound to be BLOWN AWAY by their brilliant compilation of song and dance!  

Sherrie and Drew go for a ride.


Sherrie's first time on the Sunset Strip.


As far as the plot is concerned, it’s very simple, which is great because it really allows the music carry the show. It’s L.A. 1987 on the Sunset Strip. Everyone is anxious to make it big as a rock star, especially Drew (Constantine Maroulis), a guy with bigger aspirations than working behind a bar at The Bourbon Room with his burnout friends, bar owner Dennis (Nick Cordero) and sex-crazed MC, Lonny (Patrick Lewallen), who never fails to add an ample dose of raunchy humor. Just as eager to break out into stardom is Sherrie (Rebecca Faulkenberry), an adorable and innocent blonde who came all the way from Kansas to chase her dream of becoming an actress. Inevitably, Drew and Sherrie fall for each other, but feelings change as Sherrie is swallowed up by the scene, causing her to turn to a world of exotic dancing and liaisons with Stacee Jaxx (Mig Ayesa), the lead singer of the hottest rock band around. However, she soon learns that stripping and being desired by a famous rocker isn’t what she thought it would be, and all the while longs to be with Drew. Meanwhile, Drew is on the road to fame via a boy band. Determined not to sell out and become something he’s not, Drew comes to realize the two things he cares about most in the end: Rock and Roll and Sherrie. A heart-warming love story set to a face-melting soundtrack? That’s what I call rock and roll.  

Drew and Sherrie.Finally, more than 'just friends'.


There is no doubt that Rock of Ages will be the most fun you’ll have all year! It doesn’t matter what your age; if you love metal and classic rock, this immensely entertaining roller coaster ride through the 80’s is something you will not want to miss out on!

DON’T WAIT! This opportunity won’t last long. Rock of Ages is in Chicago for a limited 2 week engagement, so grab some tickets fast and GET ROCKING!

Individual tickets to Rock of Ages are $18 - $85 and are on sale now.
Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W.
Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.); the Broadway In
Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000; all Ticketmaster retail
locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and
fye stores); and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com



 

Published on Sep 23, 2010

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