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Arts and Entertainment

Rock of Ages

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Short and simple: 1986. Kansas sweetheart comes to Sunset Strip with dreams of making it big. Lands classic waitress job at famous Sunset Strip music venue – Rock of Ages. Meets typical bartender: cute, humble, coy, wants to be a rock star. Let the philandering begin. Enter superstar Stacee Jaxx (Chris Hardwick of MTV’s Singled Out, also an ex KROQ DJ) who woos the cute girls, and eventually our sweetheart waitress. Enter evil German developers who convince the Mayor to use eminent domain on Rock of Ages for a ubiquitous mall. Then shit gets fucked up. Plot thickens. Tense, tense, tense! Ahhhh, relief. The end. Let’s sing!

Did we mention all that is brought to you in a musical format full of Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar and other 80’s classics?

A few weeks ago we ended up at the Red Carpet premiere of Rock of Ages at The Vanguard in Hollywood (celebrity list below). Every opening night of theatre should do this, especially the Hot Dog on the Stick catering truck part. How often can you get a hot dog on a stick and lemonade, only to immediately parade down a red carpet full of TV cameras, flashing lights and celebs?

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The show itself is fun. If you liked the 80's, you'll dig this. Get a drink at the bar, sing along, and leave with a smile on your face, If you are musically clueless and just not that into the decade, it's probably worth skipping; you might feel like a pariah

It was sort of discombobulating hearing familiar songs harmonized for a musical chorus, but we have to remember that this is a musical in the end. Our narrator, Lonnie (Dan Finnerty of The Dan Band) is the Rock of Ages soundman. We weren't sure about his performance at first, but he proved himself by the end of the show. His boss and owner of Rock of Ages, Dennis Dupree (Kyle Gass, the other half of Tenacious D) compliments Lonnie's musical humor.

Topping the love triangle is the aforementioned "sweetheart" - Sherrie Christian (Laura Bell Bundy of Hairspray and Wicked). The boys at the bottom are Arsenal's Stacee Jaxx and our cute bartender, Drew Dillenbeck (newcomer, James Snyder).

Producers want the show to go Vegas. Creative Artists Agency (CAA) which is representing the show, certainly hopes so. If that happens, you can pretty much guarantee that this musical about a plot surrounding this town will never be seen in this city ever again. If you're itching to see this, you've got two more weeks.

Rock of Ages runs through February 18th on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

List of red carpet celebrities (totally random mix of folks): Taye Diggs (Rent), Mark Ruffalo (13 Going on 30), Deborah Gibson (Skating with Celebrities), Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville), Jennifer Coolidge (Joey), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Jonathan Silverman (Weekend at Bernie's), Emily Proctor (CSI: Miami), Constance Zimmer (In Justice), Tiffani Thiessen, Perry Farrell, Cecil DeVille of Poison, Dokken, Stark Sands, Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Roma Maffia (Nip/Tuck), Rikki Lake, Dax Shepard (Without a Paddle)