Rock of Ages
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Rock of Ages
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Rock of Ages NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(692 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
7%
Negative
2%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

About the Show

The original Broadway hit production is back to celebrate its 10th anniversary. This five-time Tony Award-nominated musical features an electric score full of classic ‘80s rock anthems.

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91
Fun!!!, Hilarious, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to have a rock in’ good time! This show is just lots of fun! You probably know all/most of the songs. Great singing. Fun staging.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something deep and meaningful. This is LOUD and it’s the flimsiest of stories but it’s fun and funny. Have a drink. Read more

65
Nostalgic (for some), Great singing, Banal, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy 80s hair band karaoke; you "Can't fight this feeling" for "Nothin' but a good time".

Don't see it if you don't have some drinks before (and during) the show; you prefer erudition to pure, unabashed frivolity. Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
July 4th, 2019

Review: ‘Rock of Ages’ Returns, Scaled Down but Big Hair Intact In a limited run Off Broadway, the jukebox musical about love and rocking out in the 1980s now includes songs by Def Leppard.
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Theatermania
July 8th, 2019

Rock of Ages Still Rocks The classic rock jukebox musical returns to New York for its 10th anniversary.
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New York Stage Review
July 5th, 2019

★★★ A decade after its first air guitar riff, the hair-metal jukebox musical is back—and it’s still nothin’ but a good time
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Theatre's Leiter Side
July 11th, 2019

"You go to 'Rock of Ages' for its music, not its plots…or its string of incessantly raunchy juvenilia…The music, though, if it's up your alley, certainly shivers the timbres [sic!] with a succession of vocally explosive and physically dynamic performances."
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The New York Times
April 7th, 2009
For a previous production

“A seriously silly, absurdly enjoyable arena-rock musical...Written with winky wit...directed with zest...sung with scorching heat by a spirited cast, and featuring a towering stack of heavy-rotation favorites from the glory years of MTV— this karaoke comedy about warped-vinyl dreams is about as guilty as pleasures get...’Rock of Ages’ does not aspire to be a Broadway musical for the ages, but for anyone whose youth coincided with the time period...the siren call...may be impossible to resist.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 8th, 2009
For a previous production

“’Rock of Ages’ is a mangled singing, dancing extravaganza...’Rock of Ages’ is too full of self-conscious winks, nudges, and wine-cooler jokes to be much fun. There’s energy onstage, all right, but it’s unfocused and muddled. The dancers wriggle about in epaulette-shouldered leather jackets and neon animal-print Spandex, trying to conjure the big-haired ghosts of a lost era. They only end up looking cheap and desperate. This is no way to get your rocks off.”
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Entertainment Weekly
April 7th, 2009
For a previous production

“A Broadway musical that masquerades as an ’80s cover-band concert...With its glaring lack of wit and sophistication, D’Arienzo’s book might well have been cribbed from an episode of ‘Saved by the Bell’...For Gen Xers on a nostalgia trip, though, this Off Broadway transfer does provide its Memorex-induced pleasures...Is ‘Rock of Ages’ nothin’ but a good time? Not quite. But it’s frequently more fun than it has any right to be.”
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Variety
April 7th, 2009
For a previous production

“This unapologetically silly hair-metal jukebox musical will probably have you gulping tequila shots and singing along...A purpose-built, featherweight plot, the show has an abiding affection for its inglorious era that goes some way toward selling its brash charms...Hanggi knows better than to loiter long between songs, and while it’s overstretched for a show that waves its lack of substance like a banner, 'Rock of Ages' keeps moving.”
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BroadwayWorld
April 25th, 2009
For a previous production

“I enjoyed quite a lot of ‘Rock of Ages’; even though the songs don't carry the same nostalgic appeal for me as it does for its target audience...It would have been better off as a ninety-minute intermission less show, as the production really starts losing steam early in Act II, but much of it is good, stupid, noisy fun that doesn't take itself as anything more than good, stupid, noisy fun...It's spirited, well-intentioned rocker fluff. And if that's your kinda show, you'll probably have a blast.”
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Talkin' Broadway
April 7th, 2009
For a previous production

“’Rock of Ages’ never pretends to be anything it isn't...And it's that confident individuality that makes it the smartest dumb show in town...’Rock of Ages’ isn't trying to be theatre the way ‘Mamma Mia!’ and ‘Jersey Boys’ are. It's just trying to be a good time. And with its just-barely-there book by D'Arienzo and spine-throbbing songs...It succeeds in spite of itself...’Rock of Ages’ does everything wrong, but still ends up being unquestionably right.”
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USA Today
April 7th, 2009
For a previous production

“There is a flimsy plot about a rock club under threat from a greedy developer, but D'Arienzo's book is essentially a series of winking setups for songs by the likes of Bon Jovi, Journey, Poison, Whitesnake and Twisted Sister...The guilty pleasures offered by the music are diminished by the irritatingly self-conscious, irony-drenched presentation...Inexplicably, ‘Rock of Ages’ plods on for 2½ hours...You're better off buying an '80s hits collection.”
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