Sunday, May 8, 2011

REVIEW: Rock of Ages (New York)

The Helen Hayes Theatre (New York), Monday April 25

There's not a lot of broadway shows that are open on a Monday night. Rock of Ages was opened and though not exactly my type, I went and totally regret it. Okay, first of all, I am not a big fan of loud rock music, never was and most probably never will, but willing to give it a try every now and then (that's the masochistic streak in me!)

Rock of Ages is in the line of We Will Rock You without any attempt to polish any rough corners... or surfaces. It was plain raw and cheap... and the actors know it... every now and then, glimpses of utter embarassment of what they were doing with their talents were apparent. There is a market for this type of entertainment though; and I am afraid that it is actually growing fast.

In the midst of all the mess on stage though, there were a few really impressive performers. Let us start with Mig Ayesa as the rock star Stacee Jaxx, the character was outrageous yet quite believable as Mig simply infuse the role with unflinching confidence and talent. Ericka Hunter, who was a last-minute replacement for the lead role of Sherrie was quite effective as the new girl in town.


Rock of Ages
Opened on Broadway on April 9 2009
Book by: Chris D'Arienzo

Kristin Hanggi (Direction)
Kelly Devine (Choreography)
Beowulf Boritt (Scenic Design)
Gregory Gale (Costume Design)
Jason Lyons (Lighting Design)
Peter Hylenski (Sound Design)
Zachary Borovay (Projection Design)
Ethan Popp (Music Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations)
David Gibbs (Original Arrangements)

Cast Includes:
Ericka Hunter (Sherrie)
Dan Momenech (Drew)
Mig Ayesa (Stacee Jaxx)
Mitchell Jarvis (Lonny)
Adam Dannheisser (Dennis)
Cody Scott Lancaster (Franz)
Michele Mais (Justice)
Josephine Rose Roberts (Regina)
Paul Schoeffler (Hertz)

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