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Mother/Daughter Time- The Play-Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages Play at the Orpheum. What a wonderful way to spend a rainy,misty-like day in Minneapolis MN, with my beautiful daughter. Good family friends gifted these tickets to my daughter and I. I am so happy they thought of us. We could not be more grateful. Wow, what seats we had. We were right up front, sixth row, on the throne of Queendom. We had a perfect view of the stage. We felt like queens for those three hours that we were glued to the performance.
An incredible mother/daughter day indeed. We glided through traffic, found the perfect parking space, and actually figured out with ease, how to pay for the parking. We wound up parking only a block away from the Orpheum. The Orpheum's sparkling lights were right before us, beckoning us to come in and delight in the taste of Rock and Roll.
The music in Rock of Ages was from my era. Boy, that really makes me sound old, but it's true. I knew every word to every song played. My twelve year old turned her head around the perimeter of the theatre, in hopes no one would spy her mom, who was rocking out. The play, is a five time, Tony nominated, rock and roll love story with 80's genre. The music was from iconic 80's bands, including, but not limited to: Journey, Styx, White-snake, Pat Benatar, REO speedwagon and foreigner.
I must tell you, as a mom, there were a few racy, suggestive moments, but I told my twelve year old that this was art, and it was OK today. She exclaimed each time one of these moments arrived, " Awkward".
They did a great job making this an 80's love story with Idol finalist, Constantine Maroulis and his love interest. The set was amazing. My daughter and I could have sworn, that besides the finest detail in the set, we smelled beer. I wonder if they added the beer aroma to help it feel more authentic of 80's rock. The set was show casing the strip in Hollywood where many young "want to be" actors and actresses go to find their dream. Big lights, big hair, and big rock band names.
A great sign that the day was a success, was evidenced by the fact that my daughter and I, talked about every nuance of the play in the car on the way home and for the rest of the day. We arrived at the play at one o'clock and left at 4:30. We were blessed to have the night to ourselves as my sister and son were out at an event.
I believe the gift of theatre is the connection built with the cast. By the finale and standing ovation, the audience feels like they have made a new family of friends. I must say, Constantine looks great after American Idol. He looked like he had a great time performing in the play. That man can really sing rock and roll.
I highly recommend this play for anyone who enjoys the 80's genre of music. This makes for a great night out and fosters discussion about what is was like growing up in the 80's.
© Laura Rogers Arne