What new Broadway musical soundtrack...
- Has a cadence so much like Rent that I had to check the libretto to see if Mark, Roger and Mimi were singing?
- Is like MammaMia!, in that the story was written around a collection of songs, rather than the other way around?
- Is like Footloose in that The Mayor is trying to take away something edgy (rock vs dancing) from the youth of the city?
- Makes you want to get out your big hair and tease it up to the ceiling while you air guitar to The Final Countdown (which will forever conjure Gob from Arrested Development)?
Upfront disclaimer: Through the One2One Network, I received a CD ($12 value) for purposes of sharing my honest opinion.
Promotional material reads:
"Rock of Ages is the new Broadway musical... set in 1987 in a legendary Sunset Strip rock club, a small-town girl meets a big-city dreamer and they fall in love to the greatest metal songs of the 80's. The musical is an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake, and more."Click here for the track list. Lots to love on it.
The voices are wonderfully plaintive, the music driving, and there are moments of humor in the script. I also enjoyed the memories of various dance floors in my college town, evoked by the reworked songs.
My only ding is the lack of originality. While enjoyable enough to listen to, the soundtrack sounds just a little too familiar.
Which, when it comes to the 80s, isn't a bad thing. I *heart* the 80s. Those were some mighty fine dance floors.
What's your favorite 80s song? Hit me with your best shot.
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