Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages takes you back to the days of rock 'n' roll hedonism where big bands had big egos, big hair and played big guitar solos. So complete is the experience that for 90 minutes, you'll believe it's 1987, Ronald Reagan is president, leather miniskirts and jean jackets are cool, mullets are a fashionable hair style, and bands like Poison, Guns 'n' Roses, Whitesnake and Journey are climbing the Billboard charts.
Set at the fictional Bourbon Room on L.A.'s infamous Sunset Strip, Rock of Ages chronicles the love story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit, and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of fame (cue song).
Throwing a wrench in their plans is a greedy German developer who wants to transform the Sunset Strip (and the Bourbon Room) from sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll to lattes, legwarmers and strip malls. Complicating matters further is the egotistical machinations of Stacee Jaxx, lead singer of the hit band Arsenal, who's splitting the band up to go solo.
Powering the whole show is a string of '80s rock anthems (more than 30) including "Sister Christian," "We Built This City," "We're Not Gonna Take It," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "I Wanna Know What Love Is," "Any Way You Want it," "I Wanna Rock," "Oh Sherrie," "Here I Go Again," "Don't Stop Believin'" and many, many more.
Although Rock of Ages is billed as a musical -- it was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical -- it's really an arena rock show with the requisite powerhouse lead singers, amazing band, loads of concert memorabilia being hawked outside the theater and beer being sold by the can in the theater. Just like any self-respecting rock fans -- the audience at Rock of Ages sings along with the songs, raises their (LED) lighters during the ballads and dances through the finale.
Driving the whole experience is a powerhouse performance by the onstage fictional band Arsenal. Arsenal brings down the house with blistering renditions of your favorite '80s hits. If you love big hair, big laughs, glam rock and a great storyline, this is one show you won't want to miss.
Rock of Ages has been nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical and Best Costume Design. It also received a Drama League nomination for Distinguished Production for a Musical.
Rock of Ages opened in January 2013 and ran for 4 years, closing in January 2017.
BASE Entertainment is a live entertainment company that develops, produces, and presents live entertainment. BASE pursues a 360-degree approach in its consideration of entertainment property production and development: creative value, audience appeal, differentiation of product, assessment of market competition, anticipated show performance, commercial viability, and investment yield. With offices in New York, Las Vegas, Houston, and Singapore, the company also manages intellectual properties generated across various entertainment platforms including live, digital, broadcast, licensing, and museums. BASE regularly consults on entertainment properties and productions across the globe and has capabilities of managing entertainment venues worldwide. BASE Entertainment partners include Brian Becker, Scott Zeiger, and Clarity Partners. Co-founders Brian Becker and Scott Zeiger have more than 50 years combined experience in the live entertainment industry. Becker currently serves as CEO of BASE Entertainment, while Zeiger serves as board member and partner. Becker previously served as Chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE), the world’s leading producer and promoter of live entertainment events. Clarity Partners is a private equity firm focused on investments in media, communications, and business services.