Rock of Ages

  • Our critic's rating:
    Date:
    April 1, 2009

    What the popular press said...

    CHARLES ISHERWOD for NEW YORK TIMES says, "A seriously silly, absurdly enjoyable arena-rock musical"

    JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ for NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says, "The Bic lighters you're given to wave during the show are fake, but the exuberance 'Rock of Ages' fires up at various times is the real deal."

    ELISABETH VICENTELLI for NEW YORK POST says, "Is what it is: a jukebox musical"

    ELYSA GARDNER for USA TODAY says, "Inexplicably, Rock of Ages plods on for 2½ hours, with one intermission. You're better off buying an '80s hits collection"

    RAFER GUZMAN for NEWSDAY says, "A somewhat glib nostalgia trip."

    DAVID SHEWARD for BACK STAGE says, "The humor level is so low and the characters so broad that interest in the story is lost after the first 20 minutes."

    ROBERT FELDBERG for THE RECORD says, "Seems intent on creating a crude, crass and raunchy atmosphere that will echo the 1980s rock world. A dubious goal, sloppily pursued."

    ROMA TORRE for NY1 says, "An irresistible, offbeat trip of a show that hits all the right notes."

    FRANK SCHECK for HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says, "Cheesy exercise in rock nostalgia."

    PETER SANTILLI for ASSOCIATED PRESS says, "Should satisfy nostalgists with a penchant for '80s kitsch, but its lack of depth makes it unlikely to impress a wider audience."

    DAVID ROONEY for VARIETY says, "The show has an abiding affection for its inglorious era that goes some way toward selling its brash charms."

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