‘Rock of Ages’ pays tribute to fun decade – the ’80s

By: By Peter Fernandez Special to The News Messenger
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Know and Go:

What: “Rock of Ages” musical presented by Broadway Sacramento

When: 8 tonight through Saturday and 2 p.m. matinee performances today, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Community Center Theater Box Office, 13th & L St., downtown Sacramento

Admission: $19 - $86.  Tickets available by calling 557-1999 or at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street, Sacramento.  Tickets also at Community Center Theater Box Office, 13th & L St., Sacramento, (808-5181, or online at



If you think that the “Rock of Ages” musical presented by Broadway Sacramento will resemble the movie, the answer is “yes” and “no.”

That’s because the musical’s theme is the same feel-good love story of two talented musicians in the 1980s.  

But the story takes a different path on the Community Center theater stage as the ensemble honors love, commitments and tradition.

Parts of the play were even funnier than the movie, such as when the bar owner and the narrator realize their relationship is deeper than friendship. Their sense of comedic timing was worth the ticket price alone.

And Drew (Danny McHugh) had excellent phasing and amazing vocals.

Rock of Ages” is told through the hit songs by artists such as Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar and Whitesnake. It’s 1987 on the Sunset Strip and a small-town girl meets a big-city dreamer in L.A.’s most legendary rock club.

The highly-charged rock music, sometimes frenetic as in Whitesnake’s ‘Here I Go Again,’ reminds the audience of a magical time in the 1980s when music was fun, emotional and dynamic. 

Audience members couldn’t sit still during “Rock of Ages” as the cast made the audience tap their feet, clap their hands and smile nonstop.

Exquisite harmonies and stunning choreography surround the 28 classic rock tunes, including “Don’t Stop Believing,” “We Built This City,” “The Final Countdown,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Here I Go Again,” “Harden My Heart,” “Can’t Fight this Feeling,” “Renegade” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.”

“Rock of Ages” runs through Sunday at the Community Center Theater on 13th and L Street in downtown Sacramento.

It is a five-time Tony-nominated musical.