Hollywood “Rock of Ages” Pumps Pantages with 80s Hits

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Rock of Ages plays Hollywood’s Pantages Theater now through February 27, 2011.  Whether you were alive and kicking through the 1980’s or you’re a newer generation ready to explore a retro music catalog, this Broadway show stokes your dreams, helps you fall in love and and ultimately gives you a dose of growing up, all in one evening.  And you might just leave thinking “how come they don’t make music like that anymore?”

While “Rock of Ages” legacy started initially within small clubs in Hollywood, it’s journey reached a fever pitch in 2008, when it took over Broadway and became a smash hit. Now the 1980s are re-lived around the world as the touring company brings blood, sweat, sex and poison to each stage it occupies.

American Idol’s Constantine Maroulis leads our story tonight as Drew, a young musician from Detroit, who moves to Hollywood with rock n’ roll dreams.  He gets a bartending job at one of the Sunset Strip’s coolest bars to be close to rockstars as he learns to become one himself.  While working he falls in love with Sherrie, played innocently by Rebecca Faulkenberry, another small-town kid with big-time dreams.  Together they seek to find their fortunes and fame along the 1987 Sunset Strip.

Along the way they encounter plenty of cool chicks, groovy guys, sex-fueled rockstar Stacee Jaxx, and heavies like business and government types who try to keep them from having fun and rocking hard. They fall in and out of love to some of the greatest songs of the ‘80s, from legendary rockers: Journey, Styx, REO SpeedwagonForeignerPat BenatarWhitesnake and more.

By the end, even the most jaded audience member is tapping along.  The music is just too good.  Your soul is touched by the essential emotions and the rite of passage.   While it does get cheesy, that’s what this experience is all about.  So relax, smile wide and rock hard right along with the loving-it fun and talented cast.

Rock of Ages plays Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd., just east of Vine Street. The box office opens daily at 10 a.m.