When Rock of Ages debuted Off- Broadway, the comic jukebox musical was a campy romantic delight with cute American Idol’s hunk Constantine Maroulis. Having moved to Broadway the evening is now two hours of non stop 1980’s pulsating hard rock minus the charm of the original.
The love story is played against a silly plotline that has German developers ready to bulldoze Los Angeles’s Sunset Strip, including the club where the story is set. There are several stereotypical characters that you would find on the concert scene including the rock star, the wannabe star, the girl, and even strippers for added spice. Off Broadway director Kristin Hanggi managed to serve up a tasty dish getting every ingredient just right in what was a boldly entertaining evening. Now on the Geat White Way the show is all amped up volume with postured manic cliches that feels stuck in a rut.
By: Gordin & Christiano
Originally Published in Dan’s Papers
Rock of Ages is playing at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. For show times and tickets call 212-239-6200.