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Helen Hayes Theatre

240 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10019

2hrs, 20mins
1 Intermission
Minimum age is 4 years old. Child must have a ticket.
Important Dates
Mar 17, 2009
Apr 07, 2009
Jan 18, 2015
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A rock musical set in Hollywood in the 1980s, when it was all about big chords, big dreams and big hair! Rock of Ages explores the pursuit of dreams and ...


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It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri and the gang save the strip–and themselves–before it's too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer.

Critics’ Reviews

Even doubters will be wiping tears from their Wayfarers. Rock of Ages is the power-ballad decade in all its glory, tricked out with big perms, bigger dreams, and the kind of operatic ecstasy you read about only in bathroom stalls.

Review by Melissa Maerz from Entertainment Weekly

A seriously silly, absurdly enjoyable arena-rock musical...the performances blend sincere conviction and knowing parody. I never would have guessed that wine coolers could age this well!

Review by Charles Isherwood from The New York Times

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Rock of Ages Like?
Channeling every totally rad '80s cliché in the book, Rock of Ages is superfluous silliness at its best. A high-energy dive into a living, breathing music video, the show–which never takes itself seriously–races quickly along, riding high on nostalgia and hairspray. The live band onstage and playlist of karaoke-friendly classics (as well as the drinks served seat-side during the show) encourages a great time for everyone.

Is Rock of Ages Good for Kids?
With its abundance of T&A (read: sexy groupies and scenes set in a retro-style strip club) and occasionally mature (but mainly immature) content, consider this a good night to call a babysitter. Besides, the lyrical genius of bands like Twisted Sister and Asia is wasted on the young.