Broadway: "Rock of Ages"
I'm not a fan of musicals made from a collection of songs with a loose storyline putting it all together. But I do like entertainment, of all sorts. Perhaps it's just that I'm not a fan or ABBA music, which is why I never found the attraction to "Mamma Mia" - and yet, I really love the music of Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake... It was a great time for me and some really great music. So, to hear the musical "Rock of Ages" is finally making it's way to Broadway with rights to the film already secured by New Line Cinema has me pretty excited.
The review of the Off Broadway production are promising with the Associated Press, "a nonstop party laden with sexy choreography, energetic performances and an on stage band that totally rocks the house." The Star Ledger proclaims, "tons of retro fun for anybody loving those bygone times of big hair and even bigger power chords," while The New York Post says, "ROCK OF AGES does for '80s rock what 'Mamma Mia!' did for ABBA."
"Rock of Ages" will transfer to Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th Street, and open on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Previews begin on Friday, March 20, 2009.
That said, I'm not sure why there is a Broadway show and not just a concert. Do we feel we need a story to keep us entertained for 2+ hours? I used to go to concerts and listen to music for that long and more and thoroughly enjoy myself. Part of me wonders if sitting in a sit in an theatre isn't going to feel a bit strange, because part of me is going to want to be jumping up and down dancing to the music. Maybe when we were younger, filling the concert audiences, we were willing to stand about, dancing and doing what have you, but now that we're older we feel the need to relax in a cushioned seat. Geee, I hope I'm not that old yet.