"Rock of Ages" officially opened on Broadway in 2009 and starred "American Idol" contender Constantine Maroulis. It garnered five Tony Award nominations but no wins. A feature film was made and released in 2012, directed by Adam Shankman, and starring Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise.
The story is simple, so as to give reason for and keep the focus on the songs. In short, city boy meets small town girl, girl has an, ahem, dalliance with rock legend, boy drops girl as a result, girl turns to stripping, boy becomes a member of a dorkily-dressed boys band, German industrialist begins to tear down LA's Sunset Strip to build a strip mall (ba-dump-bump) until his flamboyantly not gay son (he's German) pulls away, the "Mom" of the strippers (with a heart of gold) tells the girl to follow her heart, the boy stops the small town girl from getting on that midnight train goin' anywhere, and they all live happily ever after even though their dreams remain unfulfilled. Yeah, I know, we've heard it all before.
Well, actually, add in a several additional larger-than-life characters to keep things interesting, a lot of comedy with tongue firmly planted in cheek, lazers, video, an on-stage heavy metal band, colorful costumes, outrageous sets, lots of dancing, smoke machines, dead people with wings, fantastic lighting, and you get the visual and auditory overload that is "Rock of Ages."
Among the 28 songs or bits of songs that kept the story going were:
"We're Not Gonna Take It" – Twisted Sister
"More Than Words—Extreme
"Waiting for a Girl (Boy) Like You" – Foreigner
"I Want to Know What Love Is" – Foreigner
"The Final Countdown" – Europe
"Any Way You Want It" – Journey
"Can't Fight This Feeling" – REO Speedwagon
"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" – Poison
"Don't Stop Believin'" – Journey
The show ran 2 hours 35 minutes with a 25-minute intermission. For information on upcoming shows at the Fox, hit their website fabulousfox.com.