Wonderfully funny, occasionally zany, and riddled with scorching songs, Rock of Ages is an unforgettable ‘80s rock ballad blast that spent six years on Broadway as well as sold out productions around the world. Rock of Ages is the story of a small town girl and a city boy who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.
To help get you in the spirit with us, we built this list of 9 things that ROCK about Rock of Ages.
1. Rock of Ages has some authentic rock and roll connections.
Rock of Ages is a show about the height of rock and roll mania, set on the Sunset Strip in the early 1980s. We knew it was important to bring some authentic flavor to the show. So we cast Mickey Thomas in his acting debut as Dennis Dupree, the owner of the Bourbon Room—a venue not unlike the Showbox that hosted some of the earliest performances of iconic rock bands. Starship front man Mickey Thomas is the voice you hear in the pop rock hits “We Built This City” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.”
Thomas is joined by Seattle rocker Galen Disston, lead singer of the rock soul band, Pickwick. Disston plays Drew—that small town boy, born and raised in South Detroit who moved to LA to pursue his dream of becoming a rock god.
And we can’t forget Felicia Loud, who we’ve been dying to get on our stage for ages. She plays Justice, a fierce and powerful woman running her own club on the Strip. She’s also the phenomenal voice at the heart of Seattle band Black Stax.
2. This cast features some of Seattle’s most killer talent.
Ever heard of Diana Huey? She’s the Seattle-born powerhouse who starred as Ariel in The 5th‘s blockbuster hit, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. She’s here to rock your world as Sherrie (a small town girl… living in a lonely world… you get the picture).
How about Sara Porkalob? She’s only the most *it* girl in all of Seattle. A writer, an activist, and a performer who can belt to the back wall, she makes her 5th Avenue Theatre debut as Regina.
Dane Stokinger will destroy you with laughter as the evening’s emcee, Lonnie. One of the funniest actors working in Seattle, Dane first blew our audiences away playing dozens of starring roles in Monty Python’s Spamalot.
And let’s not forget Brandon O’Neill, one of our favorite leading men here at The 5th. (Think Carousel, Cinderella, or Guys and Dolls.) He is unbelievably swoon-worthy as Stacee Jaxx, an Axel Rose-type rock legend.
Check out the rest of our cast here!
3. This show is designed to feel like a real rock concert.
It’s gonna be loud. It’s gonna be bright. There’s gonna be flashing lights. You may hear your neighbor start to sing along as some of their favorite songs are performed onstage. You may find you start singing along too. While we encourage everyone to leave the singing to the pros onstage, this is the kind of show where we understand: sometimes you just can’t help yourself. Literally every song in this show is the kind of song where you turn up your volume to full and belt it out at the top of your voice whenever it comes on the radio.
And we’ll have free earplugs available upon request to help take the edge off if it’s a little much for you. Just ask one of our friendly front-of-house staff to help you out.
4. The content is a little… well, it’s not your typical musical theater fare…
Rock of Ages is a pastiche, a satire that pokes fun at the era of “sex, drugs, and rock and roll.” And it does it well! Be ready to laugh till your sides hurt. No one is safe in this show—men, women, rock-and-rollers,
straight-laced moms and dads, older folks, younger folks, superstars, and even janitors.
But also, be ready for the content to be a little… well, dirty. There’s some raunchy jokes that poke fun in a very deliberate way at a culture that was commonly accepted in that era. Check out our content advisories here.
5. The band is front and center!
The beating heart of Rock of Ages is the ’80s music that we all know and love, and that defined an era for most of us. So the band will be onstage throughout the show.
And if you’ve got a keen eye, you might notice bassist Andy Stoller… Who you might recognize from concerts with Ann Wilson and a little band called “Heart”!
6. Director Lisa Shriver is no stranger to musical theater. Or rock. Or musical theater that rocks.
Lisa Shriver makes her 5th Avenue Theatre debut at the helm of Rock of Ages. She is the Lucille Lortel Award-nominated choreographer of the Off-Broadway revival of Into the Woods, recently completing its transfer to the West End. Her Broadway credits include Jesus Christ Superstar and Ring of Fire, and many others. In addition to her theater work, her rock, film and TV projects have included choreography for Phish’s New Year’s Eve concert at Madison Square Garden (three years in a row) and A Very Murray Christmas, starring Bill Murray.
Check out Lisa’s approach to Rock of Ages here.
7. Want to feel like you’re in the Bourbon Room? Have a cocktail!
If you’re enthusiastic enough to have bought a VIP Table ticket, you can expect to have cocktail service before the show, during the show, and at intermission. (Don’t worry—it’s all planned out to be the least disruptive it can be, both for you and the folks in the seats behind you.)
But if you’re not at a VIP Table, you can still enjoy a drink before the show and during intermission from our lobby bars.
Pro Tip: When you come into the theater, don’t stop at the first bar by the entrance—that line gets out of control really fast. Cross the lobby and you’ll find a second bar on the ground floor. Make your way up the stairs and you’ll find another bar on the far side of the mezzanine.
Another Pro Tip: When you order your drink before the show, you can also pre-order a cocktail to be ready for you at the start of intermission. Skip those intermission lines if you know you’re going to be thirsty!
Want to really “feel the noize”? Get VIP Table Tickets by calling our guest services department: 206.625.1900!
8. This production is created by us, just for you!
You’re going to have so much fun at this show you’re going to go on Facebook or Twitter and rave about how much you loved it (don’t forget to tag us and use #5thROA) and all of your friends across the country are going to say “WOW! That sounds like so much fun, and I can’t wait till it gets to XXXX City so I can go!”
Well, they can’t. This production is NOT a national tour. It’s 5th Avenue Theatre original production, created right here in Seattle, just for you.
9. Joan Jett will NOT be in the show… Nor will any of the other artists whose songs are featured. Well, mostly*.
We’ve been hearing from the Box Office that some people think they are buying tickets to see an ACTUAL concert featuring all the legendary artists whose songs are featured in the show. MAN that would be a KILLER show!
Sadly, due to… um… scheduling conflicts… we could not book Styx, Whitesnake, Poison, Foreigner, Joan Jett, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, and Twisted Sister (to name a few). HOWEVER… their most recognizable songs WILL be belted with authentic flavor by such sensationally talented voices that you won’t even miss them.
*We WERE able to book Mickey Thomas of Starship (see #1). However, Thomas’s character (ironically) does NOT perform “We Built This City.”