Theater Review: ROCK OF AGES (National Tour)

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by Tony Frankel on February 17, 2011

in Theater-Los Angeles,Tours


It’s no accident that Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” came from an album entitled Escape, because that is what I wanted to do from The Pantages as of the first scene in Rock of Ages. This nitwit of a musical uses Chris D’Arienzo’s preposterous book to showcase music of the 1980s’ longhair bands. It’s boring, loud, and insultingly stupid. Of course, Constantine Maroulis is stunningly talented in the lead, but it breaks my heart that someone like him lives in a land that makes him a star on American Idol, but then he winds up in this shi—er, show. Is this really the best thing for him and for all of the amazing talent on that stage? The poor cast had to speak ridiculous lines and act like complete idiots in musical comedy roles that would have been deemed too broad for the 1930s. At least the spectacular band had great music to work with, assuming you’re into 1980s rock (which I am).

As these jukebox musicals begin to grow in theaters like a fungus, I have to convince myself that they won’t cut off the oxygen the American Musical Theater needs to survive. I must not let myself stop believin’.

photo by Winslow Townson

Rock of Ages
reviewed at Hollywood Pantages
ends in Los Angeles on February 27, 2011

tour continues through June 26, 2012
tour EXTENDED through May, 2013

tour extended indefinitely (currently selling through 2017)
for a list of cities, tour dates, and tickets, visit Rock of Ages


Jackson February 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Guess you didn’t get the joke. The musical is supposed to be loud, it’s hardly boring, and the insultingly stupid lines are by design.

But glad you notice Constantine’s talent. I’m sure he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

If you didn’t have ‘nothin’ but a good time’, then you must be from outer space. LOL

Seth May 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm

It’s very entertaining and funny and the music rocks. This was obviously written by a total square. If you love 80s rock, which a lot of people do, you will love this. I have the CD and play it all the time. I say check this out. You’ll have a blast.

Daniel Murphy July 24, 2011 at 6:27 am

My Family and I just saw the play. It was very entertaining and laugh out loud fun!!! It was a BLAST!

Muriel July 1, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Just saw Rock of Ages in Columbia SC at Trustus Theatre. I’m a 40-year-old Black female and my 13-year-old daughter accompanied me to the play. I didn’t know there was adult content in the play, but other than that we HAD A BLAST. My daughter loves the theater and this play convinced her this is something she would love to do. She even enjoyed the music. She came home and googled all the songs and has been listening to them since last night. 5 thumbs up!

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