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'Rock of Ages' melts frigid Toledo audience

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Rock of Ages” opened yesterday at the Stranahan Theater for the first of six shows to be performed in Toledo.

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Despite a temperature which hovered near zero degrees Thursday night, a crowd came to see the musical that is billed to “melt your face off.” “Rock of Ages” uses music from the ‘80’s to tell a love story between two young idealists, Sherrie and Drew. Small town girl Sherrie (Shannon Mullen) arrives in West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip in 1987. Drew, played by Dominique Scott, works at the Bourbon Room, but he has big plans himself. Then he falls for Sherrie, loses Sherrie to arrogant rocker Stacee Jaxx (Joshua Hobbs), and must struggle to get her back.

The boy meets girl, boy loses girl plot is told through a string of some of the most memorable songs of the ‘80’s. From the start, Lonny (Andrew Sklar) comes on stage with the song “(Just Like) Livin’ in Paradise” and about 30 more classic rock songs are interwoven into the story. Classics like “Harden My Heart,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and “We Built This City” all are part of the musical.

Fans' comments were positive for “ROA.” Rosemarie Ranallo said the show was “a blast from the past” while Stefan Remoortere described it as a “nostalgic trip.”

For those that missed the show in Toledo yesterday, “ROA” will be performed at the Stranahan Theater at 8 p.m. Friday, at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $28 to $68, and may be purchased at the Stranahan Theater box office at 419-381-8851.

The Stranahan Theater continues to host a number of big shows and performers. The theater hosted comedian Brian Reagan this winter as well as the show “STOMP” recently. In March, “American Idiot” will play at the Stranahan.

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