Tag: Chris D’Arienzo
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… Read More ›
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… Read More ›
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… Read More ›
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.”