The 1980s never claimed to be subtle and Rock of Ages is no exception. The show embraces every ‘80s cliché with relish, which is part of the fun. There’s lots of leather and lace, big hair and bad mullets, but there’s a lot of laughter too. Broadway Across America’s production of the show is currently on stage at Clowes Memorial Hall. The story focuses on a young woman who moves to L.A. to become and actress during that infamous decade. The story really isn’t the point though; it’s simply a vehicle for providing a concert of hits from the ‘80s.
This is NOT a family show. I stress this mainly because I saw multiple families leave before the intermission. This is clear from the opening seconds when you see a neon Live Nudes sign on stage and an announcer tells everyone not to text during the show because it makes them look like a d*bag. The production is also loud, like any good rock show should be. It’s a lot of fun for adults, but it’s not appropriate for kids.
The ‘80s really did put the rash in trashy and constant references to STDs and a steady stream of strippers doesn’t do much to deviate from that image. That being said, the show pokes fun at itself, which is its saving grace. It never takes itself too seriously and because of this the audience feels free to laugh along.
Constantine Maroulis, the American Idol contestant, reprises his Tony-nominated role for this tour. He plays Drew, an aspiring rocker who works in a night club in L.A. and falls for the aspiring actress. The cast is great and Dennis, the club’s owner, (played by Nick Cordero) is particularly fun. His towering height and gravely voice make him stand out. Travis Walker as the wanna-be German confectionery Franz is also hilarious. It’s the over-the-top characters who shine in this musical, because everything in the ‘80s was over-the-top.
If you loved the ’80s or just loved the music of that era, don’t miss your chance to rock out during this show.
Don't Miss the Show
The show runs until Sunday, April 17 at Clowes Memorial Hall so hurry to get tickets to the show. Tickets can be purchased at Clowes Memorial Hall, The Murat Theatre, by calling (800)-982-2787 or online at www.broadwayacrossamerica.com. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
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