Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rock of Ages Interviews

ChiIL Mama caught up with 3 patrons after they'd seen Rock of Ages.   Here's what the audience had to say:

1.  ChiIL Mama--What's your first name?

Melissa (aka Mel)

2.  CM--How far did you drive to see Rock of Ages?  

M--I took the train from Galesburg -- so roughly 200 miles.
D--30 miles +/- (burbs)
K--12 miles

3.   CM--Did you come in costume?  

M--No, but I wish I had!
D--I dressed up, which is like a costume for me, but no.

4.   What are some memorable audience outfits you saw? 

M--There was this group of women as we came in that had neon-colored glitter wigs and boas.  That was my favorite.  We also saw a lot of leg warmers and Flashdance-style tops.  And then there was the bachelorette party with the bride in a tiara.

D--Bachelorette party - the girl with the uber short, black mini-dress and 6" heels and some kind of fake flower thing sticking outta her jet black, Morticia Addams hair

K--girl with hot pink barred sunglasses, a jean jacket, tight-rolled jeans,
double-layered socks, and crimped hair

5.   What was the major draw, or your main reason for coming to Rock of Ages?

M--I'm not going to lie.  The primary reason I wanted to see the show was Constantine.  I'm an American Idol fan.  I had also read reviews of the show when it was on Broadway and it sounded like such a fun show. 

D--The music!

K--80's music!

6.   Tell me about your favorite scenes? 

M--I absolutely loved just about any scene with Lonny.  His character was hilarious!  I thought the bathroom seduction scene was really well done and loved the act I finale.

D--Sister Christian scene - love that song! And Whitesnake Here I Go Again scene - I liked the power beats as much now as I did then.

K--"We're not gonna take it" to begin 2nd act... re the LA strip being

7.   Who's performances stood out and why? 

M--Constantine for sure, but I also loved the actor who played Lonny and the actor who played Stacy Jax.

D--Constantine - seemed like a shy nerd type, which doesn't really match the hair and Lonny who rocked that mullet hard. And if that German character wasn't gay, his actor certainly was.

K--I liked the club owner because he had the funniest lines.

8.   What are your backgrounds or professions? 

M--I am a high school English, speech, and drama teacher.  I also act and direct with local community theatre.

D--Regular working stiff now but I've had theatre design experience and I really enjoyed the set and how it functioned (swing-out bathroom/producer office) as well as how it was dressed.

K--classical musician and office serf

9.   Those of you who come from a musical background, what is your take on Rock of Ages vocally and theatrically? 

M--No music background -- just a music lover.  I do direct musicals, though, and was just in awe of the technical prowess of the show.  

D--Minimal musical background (high school choir) but I thought the voices were very strong and, for the most part, they honored the songs by not changing them to be The-at-trick-cal.

K--vocally, the singing was very appropriate for the period and style. The lead
romantic vocalists sang with great pitch and awareness in a healthy belting
style. The hippie protest chic was irritating, though, because she spoke
with a pinched larynx through the entire show... it sounded like screaming
all the time. Too bad. Everyone else was good, though. Although I'm not a
fan of the hyper-effeminate portrayal of Franz, the German guy. Too heavily
stereotyped for my taste.

10.   Give me a 1 sentence sound bite. 

M--Rock of Ages rocked my socks off!  :)

D--Half of me enjoyed the show while the other half of me enjoyed a few trips down memory lane - that was worth the price.

K--"Rock of Ages" is hot, sticky, and sweet. 

(Apologies to the touring company/ Chicago cast.   We would have much preferred to run cast photos of you, but had to run with what we've got.   You guys rocked!)

Get your Rock of Ages tickets today at Broadway in Chicago.   

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