Review / photos: Constantine Maroulis turns 'Rock of Ages' into loud, sleazy fun at Ruth Eckerd Hall
Normally, theater reviews are the province of our good friends over at Critics Circle. But when the musical in question is Rock of Ages, starring former American Idol also-ran Constantine Maroulis, and it deals with the sleaziest Sunset Strip rock 'n' roll of the 1980s, you know Stuck in the '80s had to weigh in.
The jukebox musical had the vibe of a rock show, writes Steve Spears, and if you're going to see Rock of Ages this week -- it runs through Sunday -- he offers this advice:
About 90 percent of the music comes straight off the charts in the '80s. Songs that you may not have loved then -- We Built This City, Waiting for a Girl Like You, Just Like Paradise -- are used perfectly to propel the story along and take on new life. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR SEATS for showstopping numbers like Hit Me with your Best Shot, Every Rose Has Its Thorn and Can't Fight This Feeling -- all coming in the second act.
Click here for the full review. And after the jump, get more of Melissa Lyttle's photos of Constantine Maroulis in Rock of Ages.
Photos: Melissa Lyttle, tbt*