Rockin’ Reasons Why Rock of Ages Is a Must-See
• Complimentary RoA flashlight “lighters.” Upshot: a 1980s rock fest feel.
• In the aisles: Wait staff (appropriately attired) taking orders for drinks (alcoholic & otherwise) delivered to your seats. Upshot: Life is good.
• Singing along to those guilty-pleasure songs from 30 years ago. Upshot: You’re belting on Broadway.
• Costumes (by Gregory Gale) trigger nostalgia for legwarmers, Flashdance T’s, and acid-washed denim. Upshot: Kinky hankering for big shoulders and studded leather.
• Crowd-pleasing faves: Jazzercising German chocolatier wannabe Franz (Derek St. Pierre), and “stuck in the ’70s” bar owner Dennis (Adam Dannheisser). They creep up on you with the insidious sass of an Olivia Newton-John video. Upshot: Heavy-duty laughs.
• James Carpinello’s washed-up rock star Stacee Jaxx: a spot-on caricature who belts out power ballads like the pros from the past.
• American Idol’s Constantine Maroulis as romantic lead Drew. Act fast: he’s moving back to the 21st century around mid-August.
• Mitchell Jarvis as Lonny sporting a collection of quasi-profane t-shirts. Upshot: serious double-takes from the guy next to you. -- Melanie Baker and Sarah Wormser
Rock of Ages' Musical Numbers:
Cum on Feel the Noize by Quiet Riot
Just Like Livin’ in Paradise by David Lee Roth
Nothin’ But a Good Time by David Lee Roth
Sister Christian by Night Ranger
We Built This City by Starship
Too Much Time on My Hands by Styx
I Wanna Rock by Twisted Sister
We’re Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister
More Than Words by Extreme
To Be With You by Mr. Big
Heaven Medley by Warrant
Waiting For A Girl Like You by Foreigner
Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi
I Wanna Know What Love Is by Foreigner
Cum on Feel the Noize/ We're Not Gonna Take It (reprise)
Harden My Heart by Quarterflash/Shadows of the Night by Pat Benatar
The Final Countdown by Europe
Any Way You Want It by Journey/I Wanna Rock (reprise)
High Enough by Damn Yankees
I Hate Myself for Loving You by Joan Jett/Heat of the Moment by Asia
Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar
I Can’t Fight This Feeling by Reo Speedwagon
Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison
Keep on Loving You by REO Speedwagon
Oh Sherrie by Steve Perry
The Search Is Over by Survivor
Renegade by Styx
Don’t Stop Believing by Journey