“Rock of Ages” will make you smile


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By Susy Schultz

Special to The Daily Journal | Posted March 14, 2014

It’s been called a jukebox Broadway musical comedy. And that’s exactly what “Rock of Ages” is — if you’ve got a jukebox set to play only a head-banging repertoire of 1980’s hits from hard-driving singers such as Joan Jett, Journey, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake.

And make no mistake, it’s about the music — that’s the real star of this show, which opened Tuesday at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago and runs for a very limited engagement through Sunday.

If you’ve not seen this show — and you love that era of music — you really should. It’s just fun.

OK, it might not be the same experience if you are taking your 80-year-old parents. And it might not resonate with your 13-year-old. But if you or someone you love is nestled smack dab in the middle of those two (I’m talking to you baby boomers), you could find yourself pumping your fist into the air and yelling at the top of your lungs: “We’re not going to take it. We’re not going to take it.”

The cast goes through 28 classic rock tunes, including: “Don’t Stop Believing”, “Here I Go Again”, and “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

Yes, there is a plot, but my guess is you’ve heard this one before: Young Sherrie moves to the big city to make good. She meets an aspiring rock star, Drew, played by Dominique Scott, and they fall in love, lose one another and themselves until they come back together — and all with that great soundtrack.

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