‘Rock Of Ages’ a dramatic, yet comical show

Reviewed by Michael Basirico
Times-News correspondent 

   DURHAM — The national touring production of “Rock Of Ages,” which stopped at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) on Feb. 22, is similar to the 2012 film.
   It is a dramatic, yet comical depiction of how life was in Los Angeles in the 1970s and ’80s — sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.
John-Michael Breen gave a great portrayal of Lonny, co-owner of The Bourbon Room, the bar that the play is set around. Lonny, played by Russell Brand in the film, has a quite eccentric personality, which John-Michael Breen also demonstrated.

   ”Rock of Ages” is based around the two main protagonists: Drew, an aspiring musician who begins frequenting Bourbon Room where he meets Sherrie, a waitress and potential love interest, and from there their relationship begins.
The show demonstrates  how relationships work in the world of rock ‘n’ roll; how infidelity can greatly affect a relationship; and how you would essentially view the stereotypical rock ‘n’ roll musician. It has some serious moments, but for the most part is a comedic show that anyone who enjoys rock music would enjoy. Expect to hear hits from such bands as Journey, Def Leppard, Pat Benatar, Styx, Foreigner and more.
Note: This show contains adult themes and mild profanity and would therefore not be recommended for young viewers.

While the show is no longer showing in Durham, the traveling company is touring until June 19. To find more information on a viewing of the musical in an alternate location, go to www.rockofagesmusicaltour.com.

Michael Basirico is a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Teens & 20s writer. 

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