Come on, feel the noise! Rock of Ages has been lighting up the Sunset Strip - or - Broadway, for the past half decade. This show is filled with powerhouse hits from the 1980s, sexual innuendos and a cast with voices that will make you want to rise from your seat and applaud until your hands fall off.
The Helen Hayes Theatre is the place to be if you are looking for nothin’ but a good time. In the lobby sits a bar, the shelves behind it are stocked with different liquor bottles and pre-made jello shots are ready for consumption. Audience members can either purchase their beverages at the bar or from several cocktail waitresses that walk around the inside of the theatre, taking orders before the show and during the intermission. The mood is set and audience members are ready to have their minds blown by pure, unadulterated rock and roll.
When everyone is seated and the lights dim, the real fun begins. A recording of David Coverdale from the 1980s band Whitesnake introduces the show, instructing the audience that photography is not allowed (unless you are a hot chick who is willing to take her shirt off) and no one should sing any Def Leppard songs if the theatre should catch fire, due to the fact that the band did not give the rights to their music to the show. After the introduction, the house band Arsenal starts to play, getting the people riled up and ready to party.
The plot of this show revolves around the main character Drew Boley, an aspiring young rocker who works as a bar back at Dupree's Bourbon Room, and Sherrie Christian, a young actress who just arrived to Los Angeles. When a German father-son duo threaten the sanctity of the Sunset Strip, those who love the city and it’s history are focused on saving Los Angeles and keeping the rock and roll alive, while both Drew and Sherrie are trying to make their own dreams come true.
From Bon Jovi to Poison, Pat Benetar to Journey; almost every 1980s hit is featured in this show. And unlike other traditional Broadway shows, the cast encourages you to sing along. However, it must be noted that audience members should wait until instructed to sing.
Rock of Ages is complied with a star-studded cast. Tony Award nominee and original cast member Constantine Maroulis reprises his role as Drew Boley. The American Idol alum brings this character to life with his impeccable comedic timing, youthful charm and, most importantly, his sultry rock voice. Like Maroulis, original cast member Mitchell Jarvis makes a triumphant return to this rockin’ musical. But instead of jumping back into his previous role as Lonny Barnett, the witty narrator of this story, Jarvis portrays the sex-crazed, booze-infused rock legend and lead singer of Arsenal, Stacee Jaxx.
The rest of the cast (Carrie St. Louis as Sherrie, Genson Blimline as Lonny Barnett, Adam Dannheiser as Dennis Dupree, Cody Scott Lancaster as Franz, Paul Schoeffler as Hertz, Josephine Rose Roberts as Regina, Teresa Stanley as Justice, Andre Ward as the Mayor/Ja'Keith Gill, and the ensemble members) put on an incredible performance that left the audience wanting more.
After two and half hours of pure rock, when ticket holders walk out of the Helen Hayes Theatre, it is possible they will feel the sudden urge to put on a leather jacket, take a shot of Jack Daniels and sing loudly and off-key to Don't Stop Believin'. And it doesn’t get any better than this.
Listen to a song from Rock of Ages below!