Los Angeles, Sunset Strip, circa 1987... "We built this city on rock and roll...." This song is one of the many featured in the smash hit production of "Rock of Ages," masterfully directed by Tony award nominee Kristin Hanggi, brilliantly choreographed by Kelly Devine, and starring Dominique Scott (Drew) and Shannon Mullen (Sherrie). It was a potent time, the Reagan era 80's (as the multi-media footage onstage sets the backdrop); just as Studio 54 in NYC, was at its peak, clubs like the Roxy, Troubador, and Whiskey a Go-Go, were all the rage on Sunset Blvd, with parties going til the wee hours of the morning. It was a potent time in LA, a wild time, yet depressing as well, people (such as the ones portrayed in Rock of Ages) seriously trying to pursue their dreams and loves of their lives, yet at the same time, wasting their youth. Of course there were some successes, (precursors to today's American Idols,) but for the most part, 'wanna-be's,' chasing a dream only to be shattered and crushed. Caricatures of iconic rock stars are depicted in this show, a prototype of Rod Stewart, Kiss band look alikes, with the ensemble rockin' their hearts and souls out to the classic tunes of "Don't Stop Believin," "Here I Go Again," "We Built this City," "Can't Fight This Feeling," and "I Want to Know What Love Is."
All aspects of the rock and roll scene are covered in this production, from groupies to performers, bands and acolytes of the music industry. Enter the scene, a small town girl, Sherrie (Mullen), who meets Drew (Scott), a big city dreamer, in L.A's most legendary rock club, falling in love to the best songs of the 80's era. The show is a parody of this decade; these dreamers all thought they were impervious, invincible to the times. It's a musical that glorifies an era of debauchery, of wasted youth who followed the apparent enigma and intrigue of 'sex, drugs, and rock & roll,' of this sub-culture, only to wake up with a serious hangover.
Chicago audiences will get a chance to rock, party, dance in their seats, and live vicariously this raunchy, flamboyant, wild time, an era of blaring music, endless melange of characters, and people perenially pursuing the American dream of becoming famous in Hollywood's music scene.
"Rock of Ages" Through March 16th
Wed. Thurs. Friday 7:30PM; Saturday 2 & 8 PM; Sunday 2 & 7:30 PM
(800) 775-2000 www.broadwayinchicago.com