Rock of Ages, onstage now at DPAC under the direction of Martha Banta, is described by its fourth-wall-breaking, jazz-hand-loving narrator or, as he would say, “dramatic conjurer,” Lonny (John-Michael Breen), as an “evening of musical decadence and debauchery.” And, it must be said that this jukebox musical fully lives up to Lonny’s description in every… Continue reading DPAC’s Production of Rock of Ages Is Totally Bitchin’
It was a comfortable 72 degrees last evening in North Carolina, and I’m sliding my way to my second-row seat — Mountain Dew in one hand, funnel cake in the other. The sun set as both lawn chairs and beer cans are popped open in anticipation of a raucous night of rock music. From the… Continue reading Rock of Ages at Koka Booth in Cary Is Caught in Between Musical Theater and Rock Concert
For four high-octane outdoor performances on Sept. 7-10, Glam metal hits from the 1980s will propel Theatre Raleigh and the Koka Booth Amphitheatre’s joint presentation of the blockbuster 2005 Los Angeles, 2006 Las Vegas, 2008 Off-Broadway, 2009 Broadway, and 2011 West End jukebox musical Rock of Ages into musical stratosphere. This local production of Rock… Continue reading Glam Metal Hits from the 1980s Propel Rock of Ages into the Jukebox-Musical Stratosphere
If Chris D’Arienzo hadn’t concocted the 2008 Off-Broadway and 2009 Broadway hit “Rock of Ages,” now wowing Durham Performing Arts Center patrons of a certain age, someone else would have created a jukebox musical showcasing the music of the 1980s. There’s just so much drama amidst the Wall of Noise.
The New York Times praised the “Majestic Brilliance” of “Rock of Ages”; Spin Magazine claimed the show is “Pure Broadway GOLD”; and Time Out New York characterized it as “Excellent! Rock and comedy in perfect proportion.”