Rock of Ages: Jr. MUSICAL
This set is a rock/jukebox song / dance musical built around classic rock hits from the Eighties decade. Songs featured are from: Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison and Europe to name a few well-known bands.
During the performance, the stage performers frequently break the “Fourth Wall”, directly addressing the audience (who is always welcomed onto the dance floor) and seemingly forgetting (or perhaps reminding the audience) that they are actors in a rock musical.
Song Acting script / Story Line
Maverick, who serves as the show’s narrator, sets up the story:
In 1987, an aspiring rocker named Drew Boley works as a busboy in the Hollywood bar/club called The Bourbon Room, owned by Dennis Dupree and assisted by Maverick. Drew falls instantly for a beautiful, lively girl, Sherrie Christian, who just arrived from Paola, Kansas hoping to make it big in acting and singing. Drew, who is an aspiring guitar player singer, takes her with hope to the renown Bourbon Room on Sunset Strip looking to get established with a job, and he convinces Dennis to hire Sherrie as a waitress.
Also, a pair of German developers, Hertz Klinemann and his son Franz, convince the city’s Mayor to abandon the “sex, drugs and rock-n-roll” lifestyle of the Sunset Strip and introduce “clean living” into the area, much to the anger of the City Planner, Regina.
When Dennis learns that part of the plan involves demolishing The Bourbon Room, he believes the club can generate more money by having rock star Stacee Jaxx and his band Arsenal, who recently announced their break-up, perform their last show at The Bourbon.
Dennis calls Stacee and convinces him to play the band’s last show in the club where he had begun. As Drew struggles to write new lyrics, Sherrie urges him to go after his dreams.
Regina begins protesting Hertz and Franz’s redevelopment plans. Later, after arguing with her parents during a phone call, Sherrie begins to discover feelings for Drew, who supports her dream. Also, Drew, auditioning to open for Arsenal, finds the lyrics he has been searching for and realizes that they have come from his feelings for Sherrie.
After obtaining the opening slot for Arsenal, Drew invites Sherrie to have a picnic in the hills overlooking Los Angeles.
05 – Song: “Waiting For a Girl Like You” (Foreigner)
There, Drew mistakenly suggests that the two of them are merely friends, disappointing Sherrie and ruining the date. Meanwhile, Stacee Jaxx arrives at The Bourbon Room and gives an interview about his life.
06 – Song: “Wanted Dead or Alive” (Bon Jovi)
Sherrie is immediately smitten by Stacee Jaxx, and believing she means nothing to Drew, she wants to explore the possibility of love with Stacee, backstage.
07 – Song: “I Want to Know What Love Is”
While Stacee and Sherrie are copulating, Drew opens for Stacee and his band, Arsenal, not knowing a record producer is in the audience. After their tryst, Stacee tells Dennis to dismiss Sherrie before the concert begins. The Arsenal lead guitarist realizes what Stacee did to Sherrie, and in a fit of disgust knocks him out. During all this, the record producer in the club was thoroughly impressed with Drew’s performance and suggests he take over Arsenal for Stacee. The record producer then offers Drew a contract, which he accepts. Sherrie seeks comfort from Drew after she is fired, but having seen her go backstage with Stacee, he too dismisses her. In the midst of these events, Regina continues her protest.
An upset and unemployed Sherrie meets Justice Charlier, the owner of the nearby Venus Club, which Justice prefers to call a “gentleman’s club.” She relates to Sherrie’s story, saying that many of the small-town girls hoping to hit it big in LA end up making a living as strippers. Grudgingly, Sherrie accepts Justice’s offer to work in her club. Now, everyone is alone and lonely but with Drew, as an upcoming rock star; Sherrie, fending for herself as an exotic dancer; Regina protesting the city redevelopment; and Dennis, trying to save his club, The Bourbon Room.
08 – Song: “Here I Go Again” (Whitesnake)
Hertz and Franz begin demolition on the Sunset Strip, alienating them from each other as Franz falls for Regina and sees “the error of their ways.” Dennis and Maverick join the fight with little success.
09 – Song: “The Final Countdown” (Europe)
Drew’s rocker image is upsetting the record producer, and Sherrie is learning how things work at the Venus Club.
10 – Song: “Any Way You Want It” (Journey)
When they meet on the street, Sherrie is embarrassed about her job and Drew is upset that his record company is attempting to reshape him into part of a boy band. They argue and Sherrie admits that she was crazy about Drew, but failed to make a move because he said they were friends. They part ways more troubled by these new revelations. A drunken Stacee arrives at the Venus Club and is pleased to see Sherrie. After being forced to give him a lap dance, she beats him up while dancing.
11 a/b – Song: “I Hate Myself for Loving You/Heat of the Moment” (Joan Jeff / Asia)
Drew arrives to admit his feelings to Sherrie, but becomes angry when he sees her and Stacee in a suggestive position, so he storms off. Justice later tells Drew that as soon as he had left, Sherrie punched Stacee in the jaw. And, Regina continues her protest against the destruction of the Strip, but to avail. Instead, she convinces Franz to stand up to his father if he does not believe in his father’s vision. Franz admits that he has his own dream, namely to open a confectioner’s store in Germany. He rebels against his father and admits his love for Regina.
12 – Song: “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” (Pat Benatar)
Sherrie decides to leave the Venus Club after the scene with Drew, and Justice tells her that she had a similar experience with her first love. Everyone is in turmoil as they attempt to move on with their lives.
13 – Song: “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” (Poison)
Franz leaves for Germany and Hertz begins to regret the hurtful way he treated his son.
14 – Song: “Keep on Lovin’ You” (REO Speed Wagon)
Regina arrives and explains to Hertz that Franz does not hate him; he simply wants his father to support his dream. Hertz later returns the deed for The Bourbon Room back to Dennis and instead invests in Franz’s confectionery store. Drew, now a pizza delivery boy, realizes none of his dreams have come true—he still is not a rock star, and Sherrie is leaving on a midnight train.
Maverick arrives just in time to explain to Drew that his life is so miserable because they are all characters in a musical and that it was the script writer who made it so. Maverick also reveals to Drew that he serves as the show’s “dramatic conjurer” that if Drew wants a happy ending, it is up to him to get the girl. After hearing this, Drew realizes that he does not need fame to make himself happy, he only Sherrie. He reaches her at the train station in the nick of time, and together, they realize that love fore each other has survived all the personal trials, so Drew and Sherrie reconcile.
15 – Song: “The Search Is Over” (Survivor)
For the epilogue, The Bourbon Room is spared from demolition and Stacee Jaxx, now a washed-up has-been rock-n-roller has been charged with statutory rape; and he flees to Uruguay.
16 – Song: “Renegade” (Styx)
Franz opens his confectionery store in Germany and has a long distance relationship with Regina, who becomes the new mayor of West Hollywood. Dennis passes away, leaving The Bourbon Room to Maverick, and Sherrie with Drew move to Glendale where they start a family. Maverick closes the musical, noting that on The Strip, sometimes the dreams with which you enter are not always the dreams with which you leave, but they still rock and roll!