Rock of Ages is a jukebox musical, with a book by Chris D'Arienzo, built around classic rock hits from the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of the decade. The musical features songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison and Asia, among other well-known rock bands.A movie, whose plot was dramatically altered from the stage version, was released in 2012, directed by Adam "Hairspray" Shankman and starring Diego Boneta as Drew, Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, Russell Brand as Lonnie, and Julianne Hough as Sherrie Christian. You can watch the trailer here. Please add all film only tropes to its page.If you're looking for the video game, head this way.
This musical provides examples of:
Acting for Two: Numerous instances in the play. Lonny and Dennis both double with men from the record company, Sherrie's father also plays Stacee Jaxx, Regina/Candy, and Justice/Sherrie's mother. The Stacee/Sherrie's father casting is particularly jarring, since they end up having sex.
Bittersweet Ending: Dennis passes away and leaves the Bourbon Room to Lonnie, but the club stays open; Franz reconciles with his dad, opens his confectionery shop in Germany, and maintains a long-distance relationship with Regina, who becomes the mayor of West Hollywood; Stacee is charged with statutory rape and forced to flee to Uruguay, where he apparently keeps performing; and Sherrie and Drew get together and start a family in the suburbs, even though it means giving up their dreams of rock stardom. The show ends with Lonnie delivering the Aesop that "on the Sunset Strip, even though the dreams you leave with might not be the dreams you came in with, they can still rock."
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Quite often. At one point, Lonnie tells Drew he's in a Broadway show and produces a playbill to prove it.
Juke Box Musical: The musical is little more than an excuse to play rock songs from the 1980s.
Just Friends: Played with in the musical. Sherrie and Drew are both quite nervous on their first date. Trying to calm them both down, Drew says they're "just two friends" out watching the stars and drinking wine. This leads to a spiraling chain of events where Sherrie has no-strings-attached sex in a bathroom and becomes a stripper.
Lighter and Softer: The film when compared to the play. The play ends with Stacee Jaxx fleeing to South America to avoid being arrested for statutory rape. The film ends with Jaxx finding love and living happily ever after.
Literal Metaphor: Zigzagged. When Stacee arrives at the Bourbon he tells Dupree he'll burn the place to the ground. At the end of the ensuing conversation neither Dupree or the audience is sure whether Stacee is being literal or not.
Self-Parody: Lonnie, the narrator, briefly discusses disappointment, and mentions how much he’d rather be be in a challenging play with complex characteriziation. Depending on whether or not the performer is sick of the fun but paper-thin show, this can easily be amusingly meta.
Stripperific: Surprisingly enough, Sherrie's first stripper outfit is actually more modest than her normal, everyday outfit...
Stealth Pun: This could be unintentional, but still a good Fridge Brilliance. At the end of the musical, Regina is with Franz, who runs a confectionery store What's the name of the stripper who the actress playing Regina is double cast as? Candi/Candy
Title Drop: Amusingly averted. The producers couldn't get the rights to Def Leppard's song "Rock of Ages".
The show makes a subtle reference to this issue. During the pre-show warnings (like no flash photography or recording), the narrator states that in the event of a fire, the audience is NOT allowed to sing any songs from the Def Leppard album Pyromania because the producers were unable to get any rights to the album. The song Rock of Ages is in the Pyromania album.
Amusingly, the movie version does have the song the show is named for in it, though it's only heard in the background of one scene. None of the characters are actually singing it.
Waxing Lyrical: In an indirect example, Sherrie and Drew are this: a small-town girl trying to escape her lonely world, and a city boy born and raised in south Detroit.