Rock of Ages Musical [Review + Ticket Giveaway]

I went to check out the Gala Premiere of the five-time Tony Award nominated smash hit musical ROCK OF AGES in Singapore and it definitely rocked!! Just to clarify, I haven’t watched it on Broadway or at the West End and neither have I watched the movie, thus I went with an open mind. This rock/party musical is set against the neon-lit backdrop of Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip, in the rock club “The Bourbon Room” and it features a mix of 31 songs from the 1980s, which include rock hits from well-known rock bands like Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Poison, Whitesnake and Europe.

As I made my way down to the stalls of the theatre, I found a thin layer of mist had crept out into the hallway and this was due to an overflow of the fog effect which they had setup for the opening scene.


BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF THE SHOW

The scene opens with The Bourbon Room and the audience is introduced to Dennis Dupree, the owner of the bar/club, Lonny (also the narrator) and of course the band. An aspiring rocker, Drew, who works as a busboy at the club, meets and falls for Sherrie, who just arrived in LA, hoping to make it big as an actress. After being hired by the bar, Sherrie accepts Drew’s invitation to a date, during which he said the wrong thing, suggesting that the two of them are only friends, thus ruining what could have been a romantic date.

Since Sherrie, who had initially liked Drew, was under the impression that he only thought of her as a friend, she was later charmed by Stacee Jaxx, the lead singer for the band Arsenal (and a ladies’ man), and had sex with him in the club’s bathroom. Drew was obviously upset and brushed Sherrie off when she tried to talk to him. Subsequently, Stacee got Sherrie fired from the club and Drew proved his musical ability and was offered a recording contract by a record producer who was visiting the club.


Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

In the meantime, German city developers, Hertz and his son Franz “persuaded” the city’s Mayor to rid the Sunset Strip of its “sex, drugs and rock-n-roll” lifestyle and rebuild it into a modern metropolis. This also meant that The Bourbon Room would be one of those affected buildings to be demolished and these plans greatly upset the Mayor’s city planner, Regina, who went on a protest against the destruction of the Strip. This lady sounds like an extremist as she self-confessed that she “once jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge to legalize pot!” For this particular protest, she even intended to light herself on fire!!

One of the flyers which Regina threw out into the audience:

Unfortunately, Regina’s protests didn’t produce any results and she convinced Franz to follow his dreams to open a confectioner’s store back home in Germany, instead of being his father’s yes-man. He eventually rebelled against his father and also professed his love for Regina.

Sherrie ended up being a stripper (the politically correct job title used is “exotic dancer”) at the Venus Club, while Drew’s record producer placed him in a boy band, instead of the rocker that he dreamt of becoming.

Finally, Sherrie and Drew met up again by chance and rekindled their love for each other. The Bourbon Room is spared from demolition and Stacee Jaxx got into some trouble and moved to Uruguay.


WHAT DID I THINK OF THE SHOW?

Overall, I found the musical very entertaining, despite the fact that the main storyline was rather simple and its ending was predictable (well, most of it). The music rocked and I loved the vocals of the talented cast!

Dominique Scott and Shannon Mullen did a great job playing Drew and Sherrie respectively. Their vocals blended well and I thought they looked cute as a couple.

Joshua Hobbs, who plays Stacee Jaxx, behaved like the ultimate rock star and he was very believable in the bad boy role and I enjoyed the rock numbers which he performed.


Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

I was also captivated by Kadejah Oné‘s soulful voice, which was a distinct contrast to the vocal quality of most of the other cast members. This vocal powerhouse acts in the role of “Mama”, the lady who heads the Venus Club (i.e. strip club).

The set changes were minimal in the show and the set itself is quite versatile, with movable walls that opened to reveal different scenes. Do pay attention to the screens located upstage as certain images/videos are projected during some of the scenes and can be quite hilarious!

There was a comedic element in the musical and the various cast members did have their share of comic moments, but one of the scenes that really stood out for me was when Franz (Tanner Hussar) and Regina (Jessica Pucek) appeared, dressed in shockingly bright leotards and it reminded me of the fashion stylings of Richard Simmons.

Another bone-tickling scene was when the audience found out that there was more to Lonny’s (Justin Colombo) and Dennis’ (Jacob L. Smith) relationship than meets the eye. Justin Colombo did a great job as Lonny/narrator and made me laugh in several scenes! Well done!!

Some of the characters like Lonny, Drew and Dennis, came downstage midway during the show to address the audience and it was like they temporarily stepped out of the musical, plus some parts of the show really felt as if you were attending a rock concert!

I was seated at the front row of the theatre and there was a fair bit going on there! Flyers protesting the Sunset Strip’s demolition were thrown out by Regina into the area that I was at, Dennis flung silvery confetti into the section on my right, Stacee Jaxx shot his underwear out into the audience using its elastic band (thank God it didn’t land near me!) and Drew threw a guitar pick which bounced off the floor and came flying in my direction (I thought it was going to hit me!) but it landed right in front of the person on my right. LOL…never a dull moment!

Sitting at the front row also meant that I could see the cast up close when they came downstage. Dominique Scott did that several times during the performance and you can tell that he enjoyed talking to the audience. (If this was on Broadway and Constantine Maroulis was playing Drew, I would have swooned being in the front row! No offense to Dominique, I just heart Constantine. LOL…)


Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa


Finally, I have to give a shout-out to the bandyou guys rocked!! There was some nifty fingerwork on the electric guitars in The Final Countdown and Don’t Stop Believin’ and I was really impressed!!!

Marshall Keating (Conductor/Keyboards), Aurelien Budynek (Guitar 1), Maddox (Guitar 2), Ivan “Funkboy” Bodley (Bass) and Jason Gianni (Drums) anchored the entire show with their music and words just cannot describe those insanely challenging guitar riffs! I think the audience will agree with me that we felt like we were at a rock concert!


Songs featured in the show include:

  • Anyway You Want It (Journey)
  • Can’t Fight This Feeling (REO Speedwagon)
  • Cum On Feel The Noize (Slade)
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)
  • Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Poison)
  • The Final Countdown (Europe)
  • Harden My Heart (Quarterflash)
  • Heat of the Moment (Asia)
  • Heaven (Warrant)
  • Here I Go Again (Whitesnake)
  • High Enough (Damn Yankees)
  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot (Pat Benatar)
  • I Hate Myself For Loving You (Joan Jett and The Blackhearts)
  • I Wanna Rock (Twisted Sister)
  • I Want To Know What Love Is (Foreigner)
  • Just Like Paradise (David Lee Roth)
  • Keep on Lovin’ You (REO Speedwagon)
  • Kiss Me Deadly (Reel Big Fish)
  • More Than Words (Extreme)
  • Nothin’ But A Good Time (Poison)
  • Oh Sherrie (Steve Perry)
  • Renegade (Styx)
  • The Search Is Over (Survivor)
  • Shadows Of The Night (Pat Benatar)
  • Sister Christian (Night Ranger)
  • To Be With You (Mr. Big)
  • Too Much Time On My Hands (Styx)
  • Waiting For A Girl Like You (Foreigner)
  • Wanted Dead Or Alive (Bon Jovi)
  • We Built This City (Jefferson Starship)
  • We’re Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister)

If you
(1) love rock music,
(2) are bored and in need of some entertainment, or
(3) need something to perk you up after a long day at work,
this has got to be one musical that you absolutely have to watch this year!

To the cast and crew of the musical – ROCK ON!!


Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa


MEETING THE CAST

The cast of the musical were giving TV interviews after the show and there was also a queue for pictures with them, so I grabbed the opportunity to get one! ^_^

The MediaCorp artistes also wanted pictures with the cast and here’s Chua En Lai trying to take a selfie and he was later joined by his fellow artistes (see if you can recognise them).

  

Finally, here’s one with the cast from the musical and the MediaCorp artistes, advertising for Channel 5:


SOUVENIRS

Program Booklets are available at $15 each and T-Shirts at $35 each.

[TICKET GIVEAWAY]

I have a pair of Cat 2 tickets for the musical show on Friday, 15th August 2014 at 8pm, to be given away! (thanks to RWS!)

(1) The Contest is held on my Facebook page.

(2) Click LIKE on Jaznotabi Facebook page.

(3) Comment “I wanna rock!” on the contest post in Facebook if you wish to enter the draw.

(4) Share the contest post on your Facebook Timeline (remember to set it to “Public” so that we can see it).

(5) Closing Date: Sunday, 10th August 2014 at 23:59 Singapore time.

(6) Winner to collect the tickets on-site at the Resorts World Sentosa Theatre box office on 15th August, at least 45min before the show.


TICKETING DETAILS

Date: 6 – 24 Aug 2014

Time:
Tues – Fri: 8pm
Sat – Sun: 1pm, 8pm
No shows on Mondays

Venue: Resorts World™ Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa

Price*:
VIP: $175
Cat 1: $165
Cat 2: $145
Cat 3: $125
Cat 4: $85
Restricted View: S$85, S$75
(Price listed before $3 SISTIC charge)
*Prices exclude SISTIC booking fee and handling charges. Terms and Conditions apply.

Tickets can be bought at SISTIC counters (click the link for online bookings) or at the Resorts World Theatre Box Office.

Venue & Admission Rules:
▸ No admission for infants in arms and children below 12 years old.
▸ Children 12 years and above must purchase a ticket for entry.
▸ Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
▸ No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is permitted for this event.
*Advisory: 16; some sexual content.


Thanks to Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) for the media invite!

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