Rock of Ages

Journey. Whitesnake. REO Speedwagon. Styx. Names that don't get old, brands that never become fashionable, bands that not even hipsters can revive as ironic T-shirts. What do these album-rock '80s dinosaurs have in common? Their songs are featured in the touring, Tony-nominated jukebox musical Rock of Ages. Set back in the gloriously hairsprayed year of 1987, the boy-meets-girl plot doesn't matter. Nor does the acting (Constantine Maroulis, of American Idol fame, is among the big-lunged cast). For theatergoers not even born in the '80s, here's a little primer on that decade and its music: Everything was totally awesome, jeans were stonewashed and worn proud and high, nobody was emo, and love was an emotion best expressed with an open-E chord run through a Marshall stack. Don't forget that feeling. Don't stop. Don't stop believin'. BRIAN MILLER [See Dave Lake's review.]

Tue., Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 9-13, 2011

 
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