Category Archives: Trips

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.

Las Vegas, Nevada pt. 1

My blog is like a T.V. show…both have a resting period while a new season starts — new seasons being a new school year.

My summer was exciting. During the first half of my summer I studied at hagwons but during the second half  I went to the two most exciting places I’ve ever visited (I wish my family traveled more).

The two places I visited were Las Vegas and New York!

My first destination was Las Vegas. Everything was different there: weather, food, buildings, view, transportation, hotels, etc.

First thing I noticed were the taxis, as it was what I rode to The Strip. The Las Vegas Strip is where most of the casions, hotels, resorts, and other stuff are. The taxi drivers in America always place things in the front passenger seat. I assumed it was because guns are legal there, which raises the debate on whether guns should be illegal or not, though I’m not going to get into that question…

Once we approached the Strip, I experienced first hand the view of Las Vegas , which is something I’ve only head about or seen on T.V.. The view of the hotels was mind-blowing. They were so tall, so shiny, so magnificently shaped.

The Strip..the buildings I recognize are Caesar's Palace and MGM Grand.

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My family and I stayed at the world renowned Bellagio. The first thing that came to my head was the Ocean’s Eleven series, because the Bellagio was used in the movie along with other major hotels and casinos.

It was afternoon when we checked in and so we ate dinner before going to watch the first performance of my Vegas stay, David Copperfield (the other being Blue Man Group). The show was amazing! He really is the world’s best illusionist. Being the curious person I am, I researched some of his tricks and ended up reading a very interesting article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleight_of_Hand

A video explaining.

When I came out after the show ended, it was nighttime in Vegas. Neon lights flashed everywhere. Some call NYC the city that never sleeps but maybe that saying should be the cities that never sleep and the definition be NYC and Las Vegas.