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Why 'Rock of Ages' is referendum on '80s renaissance (aka 'Here's a photo gallery too')

rockofagesmovie1.jpgDoes the entire fate of the '80s renaissance rest on the success or failure of the upcoming Rock of Ages film? I'm tempted to say yes.

Not much was expected from this musical when it opened in Los Angeles in 2005 or off-Broadway in 2008. But our growing nostalgia for the songs, stories and myths of the '80s propelled it forward, eventually finding it a home on Broadway and launching a national tour. Now, Rock of Ages takes the final step: a big-screen adaptation.

Suddenly it's a BIG deal. A referendum. Hollywood is spending a fortune to see how much love is left for our decade. Succeed, and Journey will sell-out every show on their upcoming tour. Fail, and suddenly Poison and Def Leppard are playing Branson casinos.

What will happen? I'm dying to know because I'm truly torn. Part of me says the A-list cast (Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand for starters) will make it a must-see movie that people (mainly our generation) will really enjoy. Another part of me says "Grease 2."

Remember that debacle? Grease 2, that atrocious film from 1982 starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield, killed the '50s nostalgia movement. Even TV's Happy Days was on life support after that dreadful sequel. (It would last two more seasons.)

So Stuck in the '80s Nation has a lot riding on Rock of Ages. But while we wait the final 13 days until the movie hits the theater, at least enjoy this beefy photo gallery of Rock of Ages photos provided by Playbill.

And for god's sake, don't stop believin'.

[Last modified: Friday, June 1, 2012 10:01am]


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