It’s Double Take December at Musical Cyberspace! Every musical pretty much has something one likes and something one doesn’t in it. This month I’ll be listing one of each for a range of musicals, a different one each day.
Rock of Ages
Something I Like: Look, I’m just going to say it straight out. I have very little affection for Rock of Ages, so finding something I like about it is tough. In fact, Liza Minnelli’s interaction with the cast at the Tony Awards ceremony during their performance on that show is really the thing I like best about this show. OK, all right, I also like some of the songs that were used in the show and I suppose that Chris D’Arienzo’s book is at least a step ahead of We Will Rock You. And to be fair, it has moments where you can get lost in the funny wildness of the show.
Something I Don’t Like: It’s just not my cup of tea. Although they try to get all meta-theatrical about it, the show is just another jukebox musical in a sea of jukebox musicals. Funny wildness is all very well, but what else does this show really have to offer? Of course, none of this means that I won’t see the film the day its released. I’ll be there like a bear, ready to see whether the constant breaking of the fourth wall, that is a trademark feature of the show, has been dealt with successfully in the adaptation.
Feel free to share your “double take” on Rock of Ages in the comment box!