By Kim Taylor

Rock of Ages has it all: face melting rock, nostalgic songs, a love story with tragic misunderstandings, beefcake, pole dancing, high and low humor, engaging characters, suspense, singing, dancing, big hair and white leather pants. The setting is The Bourbon Room bar in Los Angeles circa 1987, and the audience feels as though it’s part of the setting as well. The Helen Hayes Theater is intimate enough to impart the feeling that you’re at a private event, and the hilarious host of the show underscores the feeling as he chats with audience members.

With a lively book by Chris D’Arienzo and starring Genson Blimline, Ashley Spencer, Justin Matthew Sargent, Tony LePage, Jeremy Woodard, Michele Mais, Andre Ward and Ralph Meitzler (as well as many other talented actors), Rock of Ages will delight even if you don’t like rock music from the ‘80s (… but who wouldn’t?). Bands covered include Journey, Starship, Poison, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Steve Perry, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Quiet Riot, Asia, Extreme, Night Ranger, Whitesnake, Damn Yankees, Europe, Pat Benatar, Warrant and Survivor.

The story is about a pair of star-crossed lovers, Drew Boley and Sherrie Christian, who endure one misunderstanding after another in their quest to connect. Both fresh-faced Midwest transplants are eager to make it in Hollywood on the Sunset Strip, and their route to finding love and fulfilling careers coalesces in a heart-melting musical climax that practically shakes the theater walls.

Take your lighters and your rock horns to:
Helen Hayes Theatre
240 West 44th street

Originally published December 2012
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