I Wanna Rock

I guess I’m not a kid anymore… I know this because they’re now making Broadway musicals just for me. There are days when my aches, pains, wrinkles and grey hairs remind me that I’m forty-something, but most of the time, I still feel like I graduated from high school thirty seconds ago.  Last night, Rock of Ages took me right back there.

Set in L.A. in 1987, it’s the story of young dreamers, Sherrie and Drew, who fall in love on the Sunset Strip. The storyline isn’t complicated and many of the scenes are silly, but you know how I love spontaneous song and dance numbers. The performers in the touring cast were terrific, particularly the leads, Shannon Mullen (Sherrie) and Dominique Scott (Drew). I also loved Katie Postotnik (Regina) and Justin Colombo (Lonny). Colombo must have been exhausted at the end of the night because he was onstage in almost every scene. The award for hardest working performers, though, goes to the Rock of Ages band: Darren Ledbetter, Chris Cicchino, Maddox, Alan Childs and Andy Gerold. They truly were the heart of the show.

It was hard to keep myself from singing those songs that I’ll probably still remember when I’m in the nursing home; twenty-eight songs from groups like Bon Jovi, Foreigner, Journey, Quarterflash, REO Speedwagon, Survivor and Twisted Sister. I had to buy the CD even though I already have a lot of the music, some of it on LPs and 45s that I bought with my babysitting money.

The Hollywood version comes out in June 2012. Drew and Sherrie will be played by Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough and the movie also stars Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand, Tom Cruise, Will Forte, Paul Giamatti and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Tickets to the show were an anniversary present from my husband. Great job, honey! We’re definitely going to see the movie this summer.


Filed under Music, Musical Comedy, Theater

20 responses to “I Wanna Rock

  1. What a fun way to reminisce Shary. So glad you had a great time!
    And happy birthday!!!

  2. fluteriffs

    You are still a doo-wop girl!

  3. Hey, Shary. Sounds like you have lots of fun. I’ve never seen this musical, but I guess I will, now that they’re making it a movie. Happy Anniversary!

  4. Sounds like SO much fun!! Happy Anniversary. And 40-something? Sounds perfect (take it from a 50-something). But hey, they say 50 is the new 30. So you? You really DID graduate from h.s. thirty seconds ago!! 🙂

  5. Happy Anniversary, what a great way to celebrate!….

  6. Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!! 🙂

  7. Shary, this post reminded me of my own time spent babysitting and saving up money to buy–LP’s and 45’s! OMG, you too? Where would we be without music! It sounds like you had such an incredible time. What a great way to spend an evening! 🙂

    • I used to listen to music constantly but somewhere along the way I got busy and now I have to remind myself to turn on the stereo. I think I should do it, though, because music really does make life more colorful.

  8. Thanks to all for the anniversary wishes. We really did have a fun evening… a great show followed by a delicious chocolate dessert at a fabulous local bakery. The date of our anniversary is in December (when I got the tickets), so this year I got to celebrate twice. I highly recommend it.

  9. Your experience sounds more fun than mine. The songs I remember from dances at Auburn and at Rockford College are being repackaged as Grocery Store Muzak[sp].
    Remember belting out “Cecelia” especially on Bridge Night?
    Viv has taken to singing the lyrics to “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell…

    • Muzak is horrible. I’d much rather listen to the real thing. Although I suppose muzak must accomplish its goal of influencing our buying habits or stores wouldn’t use it.
      I do remember singing along with S&G. Loved those songs!

  10. crytzerfry

    While I’m not familiar with Rock of Ages (gasp!), I AM becoming all-too-familiar with the gray (and white) hair, and the fact that I am now calling 30-something’s “those kids.” But wait.. I’m still in my thirties… for another month :-(.

    • It’s a fun musical and I was surprised I hadn’t heard of it until the touring show came to San Diego. Don’t worry about 40-something – it feels the same as 30-something. At least it does to me. Maybe I’m just childish. 🙂

  11. I saw the trailer for this movie just last week.I will definitely be going to see it now as I was tempted before but your blog has cemented my decision. I will also be singing those songs into the nursing home and one foot beyond…

    • The trailer was quite entertaining. I never would have picked Tom Cruise for that role, but he looks pretty funny. Fingers crossed that the movie is as fun as it seems.