Courtesy of Art Meets Commerce, this week’s Swag Tuesday prize is two tickets to the Broadway smash, Rock Of Ages, starring Tony nominee Kerry Butler (Xanadu) and American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis. The New York Times raves:
You want hair? Big hair? Hair you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley? The champ is unquestionably “Rock of Ages,” a seriously silly, absurdly enjoyable arena-rock musical that thrashed open at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on Tuesday night in front of a bobbing sea of cigarette lighters waved aloft. The frothing piles of pleated, teased, bleached, dyed and fried tresses being tossed around in this new show about the good old days — in this case the 1980s on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles — make “Hair” look tame indeed, virtually Rogaine-ready, the Yul Brynner of musicals. Fortunately, and I must say surprisingly, the attractions of this latest in the ceaseless parade of jukebox musicals on Broadway extend well beyond the extensions. Written with winky wit by Chris D’Arienzo, directed with zest by Kristin Hanggi, sung with scorching heat by a spirited cast, and featuring a towering stack of heavy-rotation favorites from the glory years of MTV — hits from Journey and Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar and Poison, Whitesnake and Twisted Sister — this karaoke comedy about warped-vinyl dreams is about as guilty as pleasures get. Call it “Xanadu” for straight people — and straight-friendly people too.
A special discounted ticket rate for JMG readers is available here. JMG discount rates are $79-$85, depending on the day of the week and are good through February 28th. To WIN two tickets to Rock Of Ages, comment on this post and please remember to leave your email address in the text of your comment. Entries close on Wednesday at midnight, west coast time. If you cannot be in NYC to attend the show, your winning entry is transferable to another party. Publicists: If you’d like to take part in Swag Tuesday on JMG, please email me.