Like the Warner Bros. movie it inspired, this self-proclaimed "hair band musical" is unapologetically silly. The paper-thin story (a young rocker and a small town girl chase their dreams in an infamous Hollywood rock club) could hardly be more predictable, but a terrific cast and on-stage band make this show work. The Daily News called it "a cranked-up crowd-pleaser."
Here are a couple of notes to parents. In a departure from Broadway norms, drinks are served at the seats, and one of our subscribers lamented that her 14-year-old spent much of the evening passing vodka-on-the-rocks down the row. And, while most of our subscribers feel that this show is OK for kids 11 and over, several parents have commented on the strong language, drug references, and prominence of strippers in the story, and concluded that while they enjoyed the show, it is not suitable for young teens.
Here's a clip of the show's performance on the 2009 Tony Awards: