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'Rock of Ages': Does a hair metal musical belong on Broadway?

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Rockofages_lEarlier this week EW’s Music Mix blog considered the question of whether rap acts like Run-DMC should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Last night’s Broadway premiere of Rock of Ages raises another question: Does hair metal belong on the Great White Way? Rock of Ages is a 1987-set “jukebox musical” that tells story of an LA rock club with assistance from the back catalogs of Twisted Sister, Whitesnake, Poison, Journey and Styx. Doubtless there are some who believe Broadway musicals to be the natural territory of Rodgers and Hammerstein rather that David Coverdale and whoever-the-blue-blazes-wrote-the-songs-in-Styx. Personally, I think Rock of Ages is no less sacrilegious than Mamma Mia! and can only assume it makes more narrative sense (a Salvador Dali retrospective viewed on acid would make more narrative sense than Mamma Mia!).

But what do you think? And what other musical genre is ripe for the Broadway treatment?

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