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Broadway Across America: Rock of Ages

After the success of the ABBA-tune musical Mama Mia!, Broadway producers took note that people like shows with songs they already know the lyrics to. The formula works even better if those songs fall into the “guilty pleasure” realm, because theater-goers might not have the chance—or guts—to belt them out otherwise. Rock of Ages is for fans of ’80s metal who “don’t need nothin’ but a good time.”

The plot is about a small-town girl, livin’ in a lonely world, who took the midnight train goin’ anywhere. No, seriously: It is, and she ends up on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip, circa 1987, with mullets in full force. A movie version—starring Tom Cruise and Utah’s own Julianne Hough—is scheduled for release this summer. In the meantime, how many times in your life will you have the chance to be part of a crowd that yells in unison, “I’ve seen a million faces, and I’ve rocked them all!” (Geoff Griffin)

Rock of Ages @ Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, University of Utah, 801-581-7100,

March 2, 8 p.m.; March 3, 2 & 8 p.m., $35-$62.50.

Date: Mar 2, 2012
Time: 8 pm
Phone: 801-581-7100
Address: 1395 E. Presidents Circle, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 84112
Where: Kingsbury Hall