Sunday, August 30, 2009

"Rock of Ages"

The rock musical, Rock of Ages, is a fun time at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York. The show, which pays homage to 1980's rock throughout, features past American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis as wannabe rocker Drew--from Detroit, of course--who falls in love with "small town girl" Sherrie. Where's Sherrie from? Why, Paola, Kansas, once again sealing the stereotype of Kansas as a state of only small towns and "small town girls" who head to L.A. to make it big.

This musical is one of those newer, audience-participation shows on Broadway. Attendees are given a Rock of Ages light to use to wave to the music when rock ballads are used in the soundtrack.

The ending finale is, of course, "Don't Stop Believin'," the Journey hit which, while predictable, is a fitting conclusion to the love story of Drew and Sherrie.

(Note: The show contains adult language and situations. As the sign entering the theater notes, it is not a musical for those 14 years of age and under. Personally, I'd say it's not appropriate for those 17 and under...)

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