Recently in New York, my wife and I saw Rock of Ages on Broadway. Rock of Ages continues the trend of musicals based on popular music. For those who haven’t seen a show like this, popular sons are fused together and performed to move the plot of the show along.
Rock of Ages is based on rock anthems of the 1980s and follows in the footsteps of Mamma Mia! (Abba), We Will Rock You (Queen), and Movin Out (Billy Joel).
The show follows the journey of a young couple as they try to make it big in the Los Angeles music scene. These shows work best if you’re familiar the music, much of the of entertainment value comes from hearing the music performed live and hearing the songs wedged into the plot. Songs from Journey, Styx, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, Steve Perry, and Twisted Sister among others are featured.
Overall, Rock of Ages is a hoot. The musical performances rock, and the it’s definitely a show that you can go and have a good time. It’s the rare broadway show that doesn’t take itself too seriously as the cast interacts with the audience and mocks the conventions of musical theater. You know you’re in for a different kind of show when cocktail waitresses are selling cans of beer to the audience as they enter the theater.
I highly recommend this show especially if you were a fan of this musical era.