Hair spray, rhinestones, killer guitar riffs, spandex, fog machines, strong vocals, stripper poles, and acid wash jeans. The 80’s are back in Des Moines with “Rock of Ages,” which is being performed at the Des Moines Civic Center now through Sunday, April 24.
“Rock of Ages” is set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, CA. The story unfolds as your typical love story – small town girl meets big city boy (and rocker) and they fall in love. While the story line isn’t anything new or unique, what really steals the show are the silly one-liners, tenacious vocals and well-casted crew of rock stars. Each character has a large personality and collectively they provoke audiences to tap their toes, clap wildly, wave fake lighters (and cell phones) and even hoot and holler at the racy action on stage.
From the soothing power ballads to the high pitched screams – this cast is by far one of the strongest set of singers that I’ve seen on the Civic Center stage. Of course each show has its star, but this cast is strong vocally all the way around. From “American Idol” finalist, Constantine Maroulis, to Elicia MacKenzie, who plays leading lady Sherrie, to Teresa Stanley, who plays Justice/Mother – these people know how to sing! But honestly, what’s not to love about all of the classics from Journey, Styx, Poison, Twister Sister, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and more?
If you haven’t made it to “Rock of Ages” yet – get your ticket NOW! This rock ‘n roll love story is sexy, witty and totally 80’s. “Rock of Ages” will rock your face off, make you laugh hysterically (especially Patrick Lewallen who plays the narrator, Lonny) and you’ll leave singing classic 80’s hits all the way home.
Have you seen “Rock of Ages”? What did you think?