‘Rock of Ages’ to Close on Broadway
‘Rock of Ages,’ the ’80s-themed musical, will end its Broadway run on Jan. 18. By the time it closes, it will have played 2,328 performances since opening in April 2009.
As the New York Times notes, ‘Rock of Ages’ grossed more than $125 million. It was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and launched several American tours with other productions mounted worldwide. A film version was made in 2012 but, despite the considerable starpower of Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Catherine Zeta-Jones and many others, the movie received largely negative reviews and took in only $38.5 million at the box office.
Unlike previous jukebox musicals, where the songs focused on one particular act’s catalog, ‘Rock of Ages’ used 30 rock hits by various ‘80s hitmakers, including Journey, Foreigner and Twisted Sister (although, oddly, not the Def Leppard song from which it took its title). Set in the Los Angeles club scene in 1987, the plot centered on Drew Boley, an up-and-coming singer, a waitress named Sherrie and a rock star named Stacee Jaxx.
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