Rock of Ages Broadway Cast Review

There was no better musical to watch this summer than the world renowned Rock of Ages. The show was on August 5th, at 8 P.M., Broadway. The Broadway cast included many stars such as Mitchell Jarvis, Paul Schoeffler, Amy Spanger, and more. This musical was the perfect one for me. It was of my favorite genre; furthermore, my favorite era in my favorite genre. The musical is about an aspiring rock vocalist going after success in a town. The storyline was definitely cheesy, but the music in it was of the most impressive quality. The instruments were mostly those used in the Rock genre, including electric guitar, bass, keyboard, etc., with people of both genders and all ages singing.

As I said, the genre was Rock and Roll — specifically that of the 70s and 80s, which is without a doubt my favorite era and when a majority of my music is from. The cast covered/remade/mashed up songs of many different artists such as “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, “The Final Countdown” by Europe, “We’re Not Gonna Take it” and “I Wanna Rock” by Twisted Sisters, “More Than Words” by Extreme, and lots more. They also mashed up songs, for example, “I Hate Myself For Loving You” by Joan Jett and “Heat of the Moment” by Asia. My favorite part of the show was the guitar solos. The guitarist is the guy from Night Ranger, and though he was not in the actual storyline itself, he was able to be seen playing behind the main cast along with the drummer, bassist, and rhythm guitarist.

Most songs included intense solos, but my favorite was definitely the last two minutes of the musical. What happened was first, the main cast sang “Don’t Stop Believin’” as an encore/closer, and then when they were done, the guitarist played the entire song again as a sort of remixed solo. He didn’t play what Journey played originally, instead, he must have rewritten the entire song in a guitar solo. It is hard to describe, and so I recommend that the reader search it up on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmoVLduOY-Y) and play it from 5:50. Overall, I definitely loved this musical especially because I could relate to it so much. Some may argue that they butchered some of the songs by covering them,  and while I agree on some levels, the cast did an excellent job on a majority of the songs and gave a nice twist to it, without making it any more modern than the original was. The mashups were nice. The vocals were pretty good, and the cover band did not change any part of the song too much that it would be noticeable. I would watch it again with no problems.

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