Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages – Theater Review
In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. It’s ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of JOURNEY, NIGHT RANGER, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, PAT BENATAR, TWISTED SISTER, POISON, ASIA, WHITESNAKE and many more. Don’t miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!
“Rock of Ages” was downtown, and it’s a benefited show by moving uptown. The stage is bigger, which means the dancing is better, and the sound is absorbed a little bit more. The problem about this jukebox musical is that who cares about music from the 80’s? The cast is talented, the plot is paper thin, the music is more noisy than talented, it’s a thinly wrapped plot that is really just trying to get it’s maximum advantage out of a lot of noisy music, and they’ve figured out a way to make the audience happy and increase the revenues. They serve drinks through the whole thing, and there are kind of irritating waiters who run up and down the aisles during the entire show, blocking the stage. However, the real problem about “Rock of Ages” isn’t the lack of plot or the fact that the 80s weren’t very good, and musically, the real problem about “Rock of Ages” is its competitor, “Hair”. It’s down the street, it’s a much better cast and plot, so if you can’t get tickets to “Hair” and you have some teenagers who like noisy rock n’ roll , they might be pleased with “Rock of Ages”, but unfortunately, “Hair” is going to eat their dinner. Two stars.