Sunday, October 4, 2009

A Little Bit of Broadway

Rock of Ages

These days, Broadway is enjoying jukebox musicals. A jukebox musical is a stage or film musical that uses previously released popular songs as its musical score. Usually it’s one group – Billy Joel (Movin’ Out) and Abba (Mama Mia), but the 2009 Tony nominated Rock of Ages is a homage to those big haired, big sound metal bands of the 1980’s. Using music from over 20 of the those glam bands, and doing it well, this is actually a simple boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl story set in the 1980’s on the Sunset Strip. Reviews have been pretty decent. Those who don’t like it obviously don’t like this era of rock music. This show is like every other musical – if you go in expecting to have a good time, and open your mind enough to accept it’s not Rogers and Hammerstein, you’ll have a good time! And they actually do a really, really good job with music!

I've listed the songs with the groups that originally sang them (at least, I hope I have them right). How did you do with identifying the original group?

Act 1
Just Like Paradise / Nothin' But A Good Time -- [David Lee Roth/Poison]

Sister Christian -- [Night Ranger]

We Built This City / Too Much Time On My Hands -- [Starship/Styx]

I Wanna Rock -- [Twisted Sister]

We're Not Gonna Take It -- [Twisted Sister]

Heaven / More Than Words / To Be With You -- [Warrant/Extreme/Mr. Big]

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 / We're Not Gonna Take It - Reprise -- [Slade]

Harden My Heart / Shadows Of The Night -- [Quarterflash/Pat Benatar]

Here I Go Again -- [Whitesnake]


Act 2

The Final Countdown -- [Europe]

Any Way You Want It / I Wanna Rock - Reprise -- [Journey]

High Enough -- [Damm Yankees]

I Hate Myself For Loving You / Heat Of The Moment -- [Joan Jett and the Blackhearts/Asia]

Hit Me With Your Best Shot -- [Pat Benatar ]

Can't Fight This Feeling -- [REO Speedwagon]

Every Rose Has Its Thorn -- [Poison]

Oh Sherrie -- [Steve Perry]

The Search Is Over -- [Survivor ]

Don't Stop Believin' -- [Journey]


Book
Chris D'Arienzo

Cast
Constantine Maroulis - Drew
Amy Spanger - Sherrie
James Carpinello - Stacee Jaxx/Sherrie's Father
Adam Dannheisser - Dennis/Record Company Man
Mitchell Jarvis - Lonny/Narrator/Record Company Man
Michele Mais - Justice/Sherrie's Mother
Lauren Molina - Regina/Candi
Wesley Taylor - Franz
Paul Schoeffler - Hertz

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