When: Tue., Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m. 2018
It’s hard to believe Rock of Ages is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Not simply because time flies but for the fact that this musical comedy somehow managed to become one of the longest running shows on Broadway (where it played 2,238 shows between 2009 and 2015) and one of its guiltiest pleasures. As part of its 10th anniversary tour, the jukebox musical lands at the Tobin Center on Tuesday night. Set in 1987, during an era when MTV played music videos and hair metal was all the rage, the musical tells the story of Drew Boley, who works as a barback at the Bourbon Room on the Sunset Strip. Drew dreams of becoming a rock star and develops feelings for Sherrie Christian, a recent arrival in town who also strives for showbiz fame. But when rock star Stacee Jaxx arrives in town to perform at the Bourbon Room with his band Arsenal, Sherrie becomes smitten with him and a whirlwind of drama ensues. Along the way, hits by Pat Benatar, Poison, Twisted Sister and Bon Jovi electrify a familiar storyline. The Tony-nominated play is filled with 1980s-era cliches about the rock-n-roll lifestyle, and its plot is more than predictable. But what Rock of Ages lacks in originality it more than makes up for in entertainment value with pure nostalgia and the sheer excitement of its glam-rock performances. Fans of Rock of Ages know this and are ready to rock out and relive their memories of 1980s youth-driven debauchery. A staple of classic rock stations and every karaoke bar in America, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” makes for a pretty epic, feel-good finale.