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Strong vocals

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Hard-driving band

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Rock of Ages

Select Thursdays & Sundays

Runs through August 27th

Show Times
Select Thursdays @ 7:30pm
Sundays @ 2:00pm & 7:00pm

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri and the gang save the strip–and themselves–before it's too late? Only the music of hit rock bands of the 80's hold the answer. Make your reservations today and join us for Shadowbox Live's® production of the hit Broadway musical comedy!

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"Shadowbox Live loves to rock — and “Rock of Ages” offers ample opportunities with its focus on some of the biggest glam-metal and pop-rock hits of the 1980s. Even more than the strong vocals and hard-driving band, though, the comedy that Shadowbox finds in this overwrought Broadway musical lifts its crowd-pleasing production. At Thursday’s opening in Shadowbox’s Brewery District space, Director Julie Klein helped the high-energy cast milk the mediocre script for often-surprising flashes of humor — from the sweet and goofy to the cartoonish or parodic. Katy Psenicka’s peppy choreography underlines the powerhouse rock performed at a Sunset Strip bar/club in Los Angeles and later adds funny slapstick to the seductive bump-and-grind routines of a Los Angeles strip club. (The brisk two-act show is suggested for mature audiences because of profanity, partial nudity and bawdy sexuality.) At the center of the clichéd story is a youthful romance between two naïve dreamers. Together, John Reistenberg and Amy Lay anchor this production and ground its occasionally questionable comedy with adorable sincerity."

"Jukebox musicals are a pretty silly invention, and Rock of Ages is sillier than most. Faced with the task of building a plot around popular rock tunes from the 1980s, book writer Chris D’Arienzo came up with a doozy: A father-and-son team of German developers (Tom Cardinal and Billy DePetro) want to bulldoze Hollywood’s Sunset Strip and evict the rock fans who live and work there. Why? Presumably, to make money with a redevelopment scheme, but we all know the real reason is to give the cast an excuse to sing Starship’s We Built This City (on rock ’n’ roll) and a host of other ’80s classics. The plot is so ridiculous that the musical doesn’t even pretend to be anything but what it is: a musical. In the first few minutes, narrator and “sound god” Lonny (Guillermo Jemmott) admits he’s adding a romance to the proceedings simply because musicals have to have a romance."

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