It’s how the songs are delivered and choreographed that helps the show avoid a “tribute” label.
The band’s support is anything but Broadwayesque show tunes, as they often attempt to clone the original songs. The vocal arrangements, however, were clearly written to showcase the belting style of performers with a legitimate theater background.
That doesn’t make the songs bad; it just makes them a little unusual and pleasingly different.
It helps, of course, that most of the show’s 20 cast members are theatrical triple threats who can sing, act and dance, all of which come into play during Rock of Ages.
One cautionary note about Rock of Ages: Although Atlantic City is attempting to broaden its appeal and encourage families to visit, Rock of Ages does have adult themes. An occasional f-bomb gets dropped and there are several sex and drug references throughout. (Hey, this was the ’80s, right?)
Perhaps the strongest part of Rock of Ages — and the one that’s a time-honored way of judging the critical merits of a show — comes when the audience is filing out of the theater.
Every good show should have an “11 o’clock number,” one song that stands out above all the others and has people singing, humming or whistling it as they leave the venue.
Rock of Ages has an entire score of 11 o’clock tunes.
Casual conversations with the stars. Watch the Emmy-winning Curtain Call with David Spatz, Saturdays at 6pm on WMGM-TV NBC40.
“We didn’t speak to each other for awhile. But it was inevitable that we would have some contact eventually since Dan and Justin are brothers.”