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It feels like it’s been FOREVER since we’ve attended a musical as part of our 2 Year Musical Journey. This past spring, Gracie was busy with lots of musical things, and there wasn’t time to fit musicals into the mix. The summer was just busy all around. But, now that we’re back into the swing of things with school and the weather is cooling off, it seemed the perfect time to add a musical into our lives. We chose Rock of Ages, currently playing at the Carlisle Theatre. The girls had seen Hairspray here last year, but I had yet to see a “real” show (as opposed to children’s theater).
About Rock of Ages
Set in L.A.’s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, ROCK OF AGES tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. ROCK OF AGES takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair!
Heidi Says . . .
I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect with this musical. I hadn’t done any research really, other than to know that it wasn’t suitable for children (but was more PG-13 in nature). But, I had seen the list of songs included in the show, and it immediately took me back to the 80’s. I’m sure I wanted to see this one more than the girls did!
I guess I forgot exactly how weird and bad the 80’s really were! Being a teen in the 80’s, I guess I didn’t really have much to compare it to. But, the show definitely had some raunchy parts and there was quite a bit of bad language. I definitely wouldn’t have wanted my 10-year-old in the audience.
But, the show was fun. The parts of Drew and Sherrie (played by Michael Miller and Hillary Miller) were very well-done. Both had wonderful singing voices and fit their roles very well. The girls and I also really enjoyed Danny Sites in the role of Lonny; not only was he hilarious, but he’s also a great singer. The character of Regina (played by Tatiana Dalton) was also excellent; she was very convincing as a protester and sang very well also.
All-in-all, I felt the show was quite well-done for a community theater. The Rock of Ages Band, under the direction of Nick Werner, was fabulous.
- Cum On Feel the Noize/ Just Like Paradise/ Nothin’ But A Good Time (Quiet Riot, David Lee Roth, Poison)
- Sister Christian (Night Ranger)
- Too Much Time on My Hands/ We Built This City (Styx/Starship)
- I Wanna Rock (Twisted Sister)
- We’re Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister)
- More Than Words/ To Be with You/ Heaven (Extreme, Mr. Big, Warrant)
- Waiting for a Girl Like You (Foreigner)
- Wanted Dead or Alive (Bon Jovi)
- I Want to Know What Love Is (Foreigner)
- Cum on Feel the Noize (Reprise)/ We’re Not Gonna Take It (Reprise) (Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister)
- Harden My Heart/ Shadows of the Night (Quarterflash, Pat Benetar)
- Here I Go Again (Whitesnake)
- The Final Countdown (Europe)
- Any Way You Want It/ I Wanna Rock (Reprise) (Journey, Twisted Sister)
- High Enough (Damn Yankees)
- I Hate Myself for Loving You/ Heat of the Moment (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Asia)
- Hit Me with Your Best Shot (Pat Benetar)
- Can’t Fight This Feeling (REO Speedwagon)
- Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Poison)
- Keep On Loving You (REO Speedwagon)
- Oh Sherrie (Steve Perry)
- The Search is Over (Survivor)
- Renegade (Styx)
- Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)
Visit the Carlisle Theatre
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The Musical Journey
Rock of Ages would fit into a study of American history. I have yet to find a history textbook that covers this era in history, but this show certainly sparked a lot of discussion about the 1980’s and we can use that discussion as a starting point to study further.
More About the 2 Year Musical Journey
- Our Musical Journey Begins
- Seize the Day (Newsies)
- From Oklahoma to the South Pacific
- How Sweet the Sound
- Good Morning, Baltimore!
- Murder is a Nightmare
- Sometimes You Have to Be a Little Naughty
- It’s Possible
***This post made possible by the Carlisle Theatre.***
Special thanks to the theatre for providing the images used in this post.