Rock of Ages Rocks Manila Again

FUCKING AWESOME MUSICAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I take that the usage of an expletive and excessive exclamation points is how this faux review should properly fucking start. :p

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Thank you, Atlantis Productions for bringing back this highly acclaimed musical of a rock ‘n’ roll romance set on the Sunset Strip during the hair metal era. So what if the story is borderline cliché? The amazing performances from each and every person on stage more than made up for the silly and cheesy parts. And the songs! Hits from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry! I guarantee that you will sing (or at least hum) along! My Generation-X heart went wild last night. I’m still lss-ing on Hit Me with Your Best Shot actually.

I saw the movie version before the jukebox musical and it doesn’t feel right to compare even if there are many notable differences. Let me just say that the differences are in favor of the musical. AND I’m sorry I am not one of those people who found Tom Cruise’s performance as the hedonistic sexdrugsandrockandroll god Stacee Jaxx monumentally good. No matter what I do, I just cannot picture him as a rockstar. Hindi lang talaga. I probably watched Jerry Maguire too many times, hehe. MiG Ayesa, on the other hand, effortlessly pulled off the role. I had my doubts though because I thought he looked like a tranny having a Coyote Ugly moment in the video during the first few minutes of the show, but my doubts disappeared when he came up on stage. The very chiseled MiG Ayesa IS the Stacee Jaxx. Loved his take on the power rock ballads. His eccentric touch on the role made his performance sexy, funny and electric in all the right moments.

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Aside from MiG, the main cast include Nyoy Volante, Vina Morales, Aiza Seguerra, Jett Pangan, Jamie Wilson, Rachel Alejandro and Bibo Reyes.

It was my first time to see Vina Morales on stage. Can’t say her acting was stellar but she still exceeded my expectations. And wow! She can really dance!

Speaking of dance, WOW! Aiza Seguerra can also dance! Without even a trace of doubt, the best scene for me was c/o Aiza. Sulit na sulit ang oras ko dahil doon. Wooohooo! Napaos ako sa kakatili at sumakit ang mga kamay ko sa kakapalakpak. Sorry, no spoilers. Watch Rock of Ages if you wanna find out! :p

Catch this foot-stomping musical at the Carlos P. Romulo Theatre in RCBC Makati this July. Ticket Prices: 2000, 1750, 1500, 900 and 700.

Get ready to sing and twiddle that air guitar!

ROCK FUCKING ON!

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P.S.
Sorry, my real favorite scene is the friendzoning scene. I recommend you watch RoA with someone who friendzoned you or someone that you friendzoned. After watching, drink some winecoolers and tell the idiot that you’re crazy about him. Bwahahaha!

// listening to Foreigner – Waiting for a Girl Like You

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