A long time ago, in a club on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip, an innocent woman met a rock 'n' roller who would change her life forever.
Or so it goes in Rock of Ages, the five-time Tony nominated glam-rock musical pitching its tent in the Morrison Center on Saturday, Jan. 12 and Sunday, Jan. 13.
Featuring songs from Whitesnake, Twisted Sister, Pat Benatar and 25 other acts, Rock of Ages rewinds to 1987, when the stilettos were high and the hair was higher.
Just like the Journey song "Don't Stop Believing," Drew was a boy from south Detroit; Sherrie was a small-town girl. After arriving in Los Angeles to follow their respective paths to fame, they meet in a frenzy of Aqua Net and excess. With a backdrop of savage guitar riffs and grown men in spray-on pants, Rock of Ages tells the story of two wide-eyed kids who come together under the neon stars in the City of Angels.
The musical inspired the 2012 film of the same name starring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Paul Giamatti. The story--a Los Angeles fairytale about love, business, morality and pop culture--is for parents reliving their glory days as rock 'n' roll wannabes and their children alike.
However, due to some mildly explicit content, Rock of Ages isn't recommended for those younger than 13. Odds are they don't want to see your totally sweet dance moves anyway, but if you must, cover their eyes or leave them at home.