Rock of Ages

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Closes Jan 18, 2015
2hr. 15min. (1 intermission)
Opened Apr 7, 2009
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Felt like I was living in the 80's!

I LOVE THIS PLAY! If you love the 80s, big hair, cheesiness, and pure rock, youll love this play!

FueLed with PoSitive adolescent energy

The feeling was right, the music was good, the plot was real, the actors were fresh, likable, cute, hot and it had a touch of fun and ridicule all the way... Loved the aftershow Q & A with Dee Snider...

Creative and fun---loved it!

was a teen in the 80s and so recognize all songs---wonderful renditions of the songs that played on your radio over and over thru those "informative" years---very clever use of the songs for a fun plot--loved it !

Rock of Ages

I saw this last October for my 10th anniversary and thought it was soooo much fun! On this site to get ticket to go again! Im not a big Broadway lover--have gone to quite a few, but this was definitely one of the best I also loved Mamma Mia. Cant wait to see it again!

So Disappointed

What a bummer. Im a big fan of the genre but they totally missed it. The singers were subpar and they messed with the songs! When I listen to "Dont Stop Believing" I want it to sound like Steve Perrys singing it. I know tough task only one Steve Perry but in this show the verses are exchanged between a male and female lead who cant wrap their vocal chords around it. Maybe Im picky but for the cost of a broadway ticket I want my moneys worth. Now if Id have paid $10...

Ummmm Yeah about that...

This show is soooo weird... I dont wven know what to say. Its really random in a good way I guess. It was fun and stuff, but still really weird. It was not good quality at all. It had some funny one liners and it was fun, but besides that, kinda pointless and dumb. But, you should buy the soundtrack, I like jaming out to the songs :

Rock of Ages

Actors were great. Music was very good. Story line could have been tighter. If you are looking to relive some of the old rock days this is your ticket.

Rock of Ages is Rad!

When I was asked to go see Rock of Ages I cringed. I mean, hey, I?m no rocker dude?Dude! Seesh, I even come off as some kind of a geeky nerd just saying Dude. Nope, when the songs permeating this show were hits, hard hitting rock ballads by the likes of Journey, Bon Jovi, Poison and Twisted Sister, I was listening to a different group of twisted sisters -- Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and, yes, even Cher. You?re probably jumping to conclusions, and you?re probably right. So I wasn?t thrilled. But when I heard that Christopher Isherwood of the Times had called the show the ?Xanadu for straight people -- and straight-friendly people too,? I became hopeful. After all I?ll admit it some of my best friends are straight. And now I?m glad I went. This show is rad! Rad? Did I say that? See, it?s even got me talking like a rocker dude - and, more importantly, not taking myself too seriously. Which is one of the big reasons this show works. From start-to-finish it?s very tongue-in-cheek. When entering, audience members are lined-up as if attending a real rock concert, passing signs like the one admonishing viewers, ?Don?t use your cellphone, even to dial 867-5309.? And each attendee is handed a battery-powered ?lighter? to flash and wave during the show, again reminiscent of a rock concert. Right to the endpoint, when star Constantine Maroulis is handed a copy of the program onstage and told, ?It?s the show you?re in right now,? nothing is taken too seriously in this production. And it works. It?s the kind of technique that gives even the stodgiest viewer permission to laugh, and it makes what might otherwise be completely absurdly out-of-place moments on stage quite acceptable. The plot is paper-thin, but in this context that?s OK. Constantine Maroulis plays Drew, a wannabe rock star newly arrived to 1980?s Los Angeles in pursuit of stardom. While making ends meet as a bar back in the Sunset Strip?s legendary rock palace, the Bourbon Room, he meets actress wannabe Sherrie Kerry Butler. Their potential love connection is threatened when Sherrie meets rock star Stacee Jaxx James Carpinello who has been enlisted by Bourbon Room owner Dennis Adam Dannheisser and his assistant Lonny Mitchell Jarvis to perform a benefit concert in a last ditch effort to save the club from purchase and ultimate demolition by German investor Hertz Paul Schoeffler and his son, Franz Tom Lenk. Adding to the mixed-up mayhem is Regina Lauren Molina, a flower-child protester trying to rally the denizens of the Strip to protest the destruction of their beloved swath. Maroulis was my biggest surprise. Having seen him on American Idol I knew he had the chops for the role, but could he act? He was wonderful! His amazing stage presence belies his relatively limited experience in the realm of theater. It?s no wonder he received a Tony nomination for his portrayal. As the somewhat shy, lovesick rock star wannabe he is completely convincing. Kerry Butler as Sherrie, his love interest, was also quite good, though I found it a little difficult to believe she was the embodiment of virginal purity freshly arrived from Kansas. I?m not sure this is entirely Ms. Butler?s fault, though, as her costume as she arrives is not that much less tawdry than when she later must seek employment in a stripper?s club. Since the show was otherwise so wonderfully adept at making fun of itself, I think a more pristinely dressed first appearance would have worked to better effect. There were a couple of times, as well, when I wondered if Ms. Butler was having an off-night with some of the vocals. Granted, rock songs often call for a bit of a screech, but a few of Ms. Butler?s notes took the liberty a bit too far. James Carpinello as Stacee Jaxx, lead rocker of the group Arsenal, was perfect. He gives an absolutely flawless interpretation of the arrogance and excess so often associated with stars - rock and otherwise. And his comic timing is flawless. Adam Dannheisser as Dennis, the owner of the threatened Bourbon Room, was also quite good. I must admit, there were times when it seemed he was channeling Cheech, or Chong, or both, but I mean this only as a complete compliment. It worked! And his assistant Lonny was also played with remarkable skill and amazing dexterity by Mitchell Jarvis. Jarvis had the enviable and yet daunting task of acting as the show?s ad hoc narrator, providing asides and simple explanations when needed throughout the show. This is particularly difficult to do while still creating a believable character in the context of any show and yet he performs the task splendidly. In fact, his enthusiastic and energetic execution helps to really drive the show?s laughs. Paul Schoeffler and Tom Lenk as the interloping Germans are both excellent, though Mr. Lenk?s performance is so hysterical that it?s almost impossible not to watch him when he is on stage. But his absolute absurdity is a perfect foil to the other characters. And it?s no big surprise, but still a wonderful moment, when he and Regina Lauren Molina fall for one another in the end. His silly, almost effeminate portrayal, makes his connection with the powerful, fist waving flower-child protester another stupendous portrayal by Ms. Molina work all the better. In fact, most of the elements of Rock of Ages work. The set, by Beowulf Boritt, reminded me instantly of the seedy bars and sights of the 1980?s. Did he rip those floor tiles straight from the less-than-glam bar I used to hang in? When the show opens we?re told that, ?We?re going back to a sexier time! The Reagan era!? and Mr. Boritt?s bold, in-your-face set definitely transports us there. Aside from my problem with Ms. Butler?s initial costume I also felt that costume designer Gregory Gale?s creations helped pull us back to that sexier time. The rockers were decked out so authentically it was hard to believe they hadn?t just stepped out of the era. And the more hippy-esque costume of the flower-power protesters were also right on. I would venture to say that anyone who is a rocker dude will absolutely love this show. In fact web reports indicate that it?s already become a bit of a cult-classic among that set, with some folks reportedly attending more than 100 times! As for the rest of us, like myself, don?t go with any pre-conceived notions. This fan of Madonna and Cher is still enthusiastically humming Don?t Stop Believing.

Rock of Ages is Rad!

When my editor asked me to review Rock of Ages I cringed. I mean, hey, I?m no rocker dude?Dude! Seesh, I even come off as some kind of a geeky nerd just saying Dude. Nope, when the songs permeating this show were hits, hard hitting rock ballads by the likes of Journey, Bon Jovi, Poison and Twisted Sister, I was listening to a different group of twisted sisters -- Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and, yes, even Cher. You?re probably jumping to conclusions, and you?re probably right. So I wasn?t thrilled. But when I heard that Christopher Isherwood of the Times had called the show the ?Xanadu for straight people -- and straight-friendly people too,? I became hopeful. After all I?ll admit it some of my best friends are straight. And now I?m glad I went. This show is rad! Rad? Did I say that? See, it?s even got me talking like a rocker dude - and, more importantly, not taking myself too seriously. Which is one of the big reasons this show works. From start-to-finish it?s very tongue-in-cheek. When entering, audience members are lined-up as if attending a real rock concert, passing signs like the one admonishing viewers, ?Don?t use your cellphone, even to dial 867-5309.? And each attendee is handed a battery-powered ?lighter? to flash and wave during the show, again reminiscent of a rock concert. Right to the endpoint, when star Constantine Maroulis is handed a copy of the program onstage and told, ?It?s the show you?re in right now,? nothing is taken too seriously in this production. And it works. It?s the kind of technique that gives even the stodgiest viewer permission to laugh, and it makes what might otherwise be completely absurdly out-of-place moments on stage quite acceptable. The plot is paper-thin, but in this context that?s OK. Constantine Maroulis plays Drew, a wannabe rock star newly arrived to 1980?s Los Angeles in pursuit of stardom. While making ends meet as a bar back in the Sunset Strip?s legendary rock palace, the Bourbon Room, he meets actress wannabe Sherrie Kerry Butler. Their potential love connection is threatened when Sherrie meets rock star Stacee Jaxx James Carpinello who has been enlisted by Bourbon Room owner Dennis Adam Dannheisser and his assistant Lonny Mitchell Jarvis to perform a benefit concert in a last ditch effort to save the club from purchase and ultimate demolition by German investor Hertz Paul Schoeffler and his son, Franz Tom Lenk. Adding to the mixed-up mayhem is Regina Lauren Molina, a flower-child protester trying to rally the denizens of the Strip to protest the destruction of their beloved swath. Maroulis was my biggest surprise. Having seen him on American Idol I knew he had the chops for the role, but could he act? He was wonderful! His amazing stage presence belies his relatively limited experience in the realm of theater. It?s no wonder he received a Tony nomination for his portrayal. As the somewhat shy, lovesick rock star wannabe he is completely convincing. Kerry Butler as Sherrie, his love interest, was also quite good, though I found it a little difficult to believe she was the embodiment of virginal purity freshly arrived from Kansas. I?m not sure this is entirely Ms. Butler?s fault, though, as her costume as she arrives is not that much less tawdry than when she later must seek employment in a stripper?s club. Since the show was otherwise so wonderfully adept at making fun of itself, I think a more pristinely dressed first appearance would have worked to better effect. There were a couple of times, as well, when I wondered if Ms. Butler was having an off-night with some of the vocals. Granted, rock songs often call for a bit of a screech, but a few of Ms. Butler?s notes took the liberty a bit too far. James Carpinello as Stacee Jaxx, lead rocker of the group Arsenal, was perfect. He gives an absolutely flawless interpretation of the arrogance and excess so often associated with stars - rock and otherwise. And his comic timing is flawless. Adam Dannheisser as Dennis, the owner of the threatened Bourbon Room, was also quite good. I must admit, there were times when it seemed he was channeling Cheech, or Chong, or both, but I mean this only as a complete compliment. It worked! And his assistant Lonny was also played with remarkable skill and amazing dexterity by Mitchell Jarvis. Jarvis had the enviable and yet daunting task of acting as the show?s ad hoc narrator, providing asides and simple explanations when needed throughout the show. This is particularly difficult to do while still creating a believable character in the context of any show and yet he performs the task splendidly. In fact, his enthusiastic and energetic execution helps to really drive the show?s laughs. Paul Schoeffler and Tom Lenk as the interloping Germans are both excellent, though Mr. Lenk?s performance is so hysterical that it?s almost impossible not to watch him when he is on stage. But his absolute absurdity is a perfect foil to the other characters. And it?s no big surprise, but still a wonderful moment, when he and Regina Lauren Molina fall for one another in the end. His silly, almost effeminate portrayal, makes his connection with the powerful, fist waving flower-child protester another stupendous portrayal by Ms. Molina work all the better. In fact, most of the elements of Rock of Ages work. The set, by Beowulf Boritt, reminded me instantly of the seedy bars and sights of the 1980?s. Did he rip those floor tiles straight from the less-than-glam bar I used to hang in? When the show opens we?re told that, ?We?re going back to a sexier time! The Reagan era!? and Mr. Boritt?s bold, in-your-face set definitely transports us there. Aside from my problem with Ms. Butler?s initial costume I also felt that costume designer Gregory Gale?s creations helped pull us back to that sexier time. The rockers were decked out so authentically it was hard to believe they hadn?t just stepped out of the era. And the more hippy-esque costume of the flower-power protesters were also right on. I would venture to say that anyone who is a rocker dude will absolutely love this show. In fact web reports indicate that it?s already become a bit of a cult-classic among that set, with some folks reportedly attending more than 100 times! As for the rest of us, like myself, don?t go with any pre-conceived notions. This fan of Madonna and Cher is still enthusiastically humming Don?t Stop Believing.

OUR FIRST EXPEREINCE WITH THEATREMANIA!!!

My husband and I joined Theatremania and received our 2 tkts for joining Goldmember Club to Rock of Ages". The play was AWESOME, we want to see it again with our lover of 80 rock friends! We had great seats, though any seat in that theatre would be great and our overall experience with Theatremania is a good one. We are looking forward to seeing our next play in March, "In the Heights". which we are going with a friend of ours also.

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Read your reviews & would love to get discount?/best priced tickets......where do I find them ????We are arriving in NY for WEEKEND wedding so Sun Jan 31 matinee or Mon Feb 01 is our only option

Great

I thought it was excellent! It was hilarious, the story was good, and obviously the music was the best part. They performed some of my favorite songs of all time and the audience was actually singing along. I dont want to give anything away, but the best part was when they did "Hit Me With Your Best Shot." The whole show was very enjoyable.

Rock of Ages

Saw it twice off-Broadway, it was so much fun, great singing. We loved Constantine and the rest o the cast. Might gp see it on Broadway too.

Rock of Ages RULES!

Finally, the perfect musical! From the first powerful chords setting you headbanging in your seat, to the rousing on-your feet finale, "Rock of Ages" is a nonstop musical delight that reaches right on in and grabs that rad rocker deep inside you. Those 80s song lyrics you forgot you still remember are employed in clever and unexpected ways, keeping the plot motoring right along at turns both playful and poignant, and always filled with fun. For example, the first time Stacee Jaxx strutted onstage to give his gloriously gonzo rendition of "Wanted Dead or Alive," tears ran down my cheeks from laughing so hard; just one of the many hilarious moments and awesome musical numbers that make this play such a joy to experience. But it is Constantine Maroulis, as Drew, who is truly the heart and soul of the play. From the first moment a dazzled Drew shyly peeks around the corner at the chaos of the Sunset Strip, guitar clutched hopefully in hand, that human pulse is there and beating strongly, pounding steadily through til the end. He will capture your heart, as you watch this shy wanna-be rocker take his first tentative steps towards both achieving his dreams of music stardom as well as winning the love of Sherrie; she who has her own starry-eyed dreams as well. "This must be just like livin? in Paradise?" and you wont want to go home!

Nothin' but a GREAT time

I had the chance to see Rock of Ages off-Broadway several times and wondered "How can you make a show that is that much fun even better?" Last night, at the first preview of the Broadway production, I found out. The magic transferred...loud guitars, sharp choreography, stunning voices...and some of the biggest hits of the "hair metal" / "classic rock" 1980s...theyre ALL HERE! In the shows new location, the production now reaches out even further into the audience, like a lead guitarist stretching for a pretty young things hand to give her a pick as a souvenir...you get caught up in the "heat of the moment" and youre singing along, LED lighter aloft. The new additions to the cast are terrific, blending beautifully with the "veterans" of the OB production. GO GO GO to Rock of Ages!!!

mrsnewyork04

I loved the show. I laughed so much and sang every song to. I went to H.S. in 1984, made it funnier. It was funny, talented, memorable. I thought I was the only one who will see it again. I dont usually see things twice. I am waiting to buy tickets again to bring more H.S. Friends. I met Constantine he was nice. It was great. I like him on American Idol. He better be the lead again. The cast was perfect together. The four lead guys were the best. The narrator cracked me up. He was another, thinner Jack Black.

Rock of Ages ROCKS

Great show!! We loved every minute of it!! Want to see it again!!!

RE: Rock of Ages

This show was [b]AMAZING[/b]. Went to go see it for my birthday and it was friggin fabulous. Constantine was sensational but with or without him, it was just as good. The 80s were when rock was at its best and this show totally exemplifies it. Pretty provocative, [i]dont bring kids under 14-15[/i]. Stage setup was gorgeous and all the actors did an exceptional job with their parts. Mitch and Will were brilliant.

"Rock of Ages" RULES!

Finally, the perfect musical! From the first powerful chords setting you headbanging in your seat, to the rousing on-your feet finale, Rock of Ages is nothing but a nonstop musical delight that reaches right on in and grabs that rad rocker deep inside you. I was particularly wowed by Constantine Maroulis wonderful performance as Drew. This must be just like livin in Paradise, and you wont want to go home!

"Rock of Ages" RULES!

Finally, the perfect musical! From the first powerful chords setting you headbanging in your seat, to the rousing on-your feet finale, Rock of Ages is nothing but a nonstop musical delight that reaches right on in and grabs that rad rocker deep inside you. I was particularly wowed by Constantine Maroulis wonderful performance as Drew. This must be just like livin? in Paradise?and you won?t want to go home! 3

"Rock of Ages" RULES!!

Finally, the perfect musical! From the first powerful chords setting you headbanging in your seat, to the rousing on-your feet finale, ?Rock of Ages? is nothing but a nonstop musical delight that reaches right on in and grabs that rad rocker deep inside you. I absolutely loved it, and was particularly wowed by Constantine Maroulis performance, as Drew. This must be just like livin? in Paradise?? and you won?t want to go home!

Nothin But A Good Time!

I had a great time at this show. A lot of laughs. Great music and the dancing was fun to watch. Constantine give a endearing performance as Drew. Will Swenson is over the top fun as Stacee Jaxx. Mitchell Jarvis kept me laughing all night. The entire cast rocks!! Im going again.

We never laughed so hard

We had mixed feeling about going to see this show...friends had recommended it. Were we wrong. This show is so much fun. I dont think we ever laughed so much. Over the top 80s all the way. Ive never seen so much acting, dancing and singing talent in one show. Kudos to everyone involved.

Rock of Ages

I loved this show! If you love 80s music and want to ROCK this is the show for you. The whole cast is incredible..Drew Constantine and Sherrie Kelli have such chemistry and boy can they sing. Stacee, Lonny, the German kid were hilarious. My husbands eyes were glued on the dancers. We cant wait to go back and bring friends

I lOVED iT

This show is a must see for anyone who loves 80s music and wants to ROCK. What a fun show. These kids can all sing, act. dance..They do it all. Youll love it. Constantine is fantastic in this show as are all the others in the cast. Ill be going back.

BEST SHOW EVER

This was literally the best show I have ever seen. The music was obviously incredible, and the performers did such an amazing job pulling it off. In reality, this show should be awful but it was too much fun and really enjoyable. I will definitely see it again and recommend it to all my friends.

Rock of Ages...who saw it?

I saw it, and completely loved it! The vocal power is amazing...totally awesome cast. Its full of energy and power and just a whole lot of fun. The whole crowd was singing along to the 80s tunes. A must see for sure.

Rock of Ages...who saw it?

Has anyone seen this yet? What did you think?