Category Archives: 80’s Pop Culture

‘Rock of Ages’ – Broadway’s 80’s musical comedy hit

You might have heard of one of Broadway’s most spectacular musicals (especially us 80’s fans!) called Rock of Ages. In addition to playing on Broadway (starting in 2009), Rock of Ages is also showing in Chicago (starting Sept. 2010), Toronto and Melbourne (Melbourne in 2011).

For those who don’t know about this totally tubular musical; Rock Of Ages is a Tony nominated smash hit musical comedy starring American Idol’s Constantine Maroulis and Amy Spanger. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer – and in L.A.’s most legendary rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ’80s. It’s a hilarious feel-good love story told through the hit songs (including several medleys / live mash-ups) of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more.

Rock Of Ages Tony Award Nominations:

  • Best Musical
  • Best Actor in a Musical: Constantine Maroulis
  • Best Direction of a Musical: Kristin Hanggi
  • Best Costume Design: Gregory Gale
  • Best Sound Design: Peter Hylenski

2011 Film

The film rights have been sold to New Line Cinema. The film is expected to be directed by Adam Shankman and is expected to begin production in the Summer of 2010, for release in 2011.

Rock Of Ages: Original Broadway Cast Recording

Track Listing

1. Just Like Paradise / Nothin’ But A Good Time (Rock Of Ages Full Company)
2. Sister Christian (James Carpinello, Michele Mais, Constantine Maroulis, Amy Spanger & The Rock Of Ages Cast)
3. We Built This City / Too Much Time On My Hands (Paul Schoeffler, Lauren Molina, Wesley Taylor, Andre Ward, Adam Dannheisser, Mitchell Jarvis, Constantine Maroulis, James Carpinello & The Rock Of Ages Cast)
4. I Wanna Rock (Constantine Maroulis, Amy Spanger & Ensemble)
5. We’re Not Gonna Take It (Lauren Molina, Jeremy Wood, Savannah Wise & Ensemble)
6. Heaven / More Than Words / To Be With You (Amy Spanger, Constantine Maroulis, Savannah Wise & The Rock Of Ages Cast)
7. Waiting For A Girl Like You (Constantine Maroulis, Amy Spanger, James Carpinello & The Rock Of Ages Cast)
8. Wanted Dead Or Alive (James Carpinello, Amy Spanger & Ensemble)
9. I Want To Know What Love Is James Carpinello, Amy Spanger, Constantine Maroulis & The Rock Of Ages Cast)
10. Cum On Feel The Noize / We’re Not Gonna Take It – Reprise (James Carpinello, Constantine Maroulis, Adam Dannheiser, Amy Spanger, Mitchell Jarvis, Lauren Molina, Andre Ward & The Rock Of Ages Cast)
11. Harden My Heart / Shadows Of The Night (Amy Spanger, Michael Mais, Mitchell Jarvis & Ensemble)
12. Here I Go Again (Rock Of Ages Full Company)
13. The Final Countdown (Paul Schoeffler, Wesley Taylor, Adam Dannheisser, Mitchell Jarvis, Lauren Molina & Ensemble)
14. Any Way You Want It / I Wanna Rock – Reprise (Michele Mais, Constantine Maroulis, Amy Spanger, Andre Ward, Mitchell Jarvis, Adam Dannheisser & Ensemble)
15. High Enough (Constantine Maroulis, Amy Spanger & The Rock Of Ages Cast)
16. I Hate Myself For Loving You / Heat Of The Moment (Amy Spanger, James Carpinello, Constantine Maroulis & Ensemble)
17. Hit Me With Your Best Shot (Wesley Taylor, Lauren Molina, Paul Schoeffler & Ensemble)
18. Can’t Fight This Feeling (Adam Dannheisser, Mitchell Jarvis & Ensemble)
19. Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Michele Mais, Amy Spanger, Constantine Maroulis, Wesley Taylor, Paul Schoeffler, James Carpinello & The Rock Of Ages Cast)
20. Oh Sherrie (Constantine Maroulis, Amy Spanger & The Rock Of Ages Cast)
21. The Search Is Over (Constantine Maroulis, Amy Spanger & The Rock Of Ages Cast)
22. Don’t Stop Believin’ (Rock Of Ages Full Company)

Rock of Ages Original Broadway Cast Recording CD is available @ Amazon

80’s movie director John Hughes honored at Oscars

The Oscars took a moment for a tribute to the late John Hughes Sunday night. Hughes’ tribute was introduced by Matthew Broderick and Molly Ringwald.

The montage of great Hughes moments was followed by a handful of his most famous leading actors talking about the writing and directing legend.

On stage were actors and actresses who played roles in Hughe’s movies, some of which are considered members of the 80’s brat pack: Anthony Michael Hall, Macaulay Culkin, Jon Cryer, Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson, and each told a Hughes anecdote. Hughes’ family was in the audience and stood to thunderous applause.

Ringwald told the audience that at 16, “Hughes saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.” Broderick continued that a day doesn’t go by that someone doesn’t tap him on the shoulder and ask “Hey Ferris, is this your day off?”

The moving montage showed key sequences from comedies that Hughes had written and directed, including ‘Sixteen Candles,’ ‘The Breakfast Club,’ ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation,’ ‘Some Kind of Wonderful,’ ‘Pretty in Pink,’ ‘Home Alone‘ and ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles.’

On this day, John Belushi was found dead March 5, 1982

John Belushi 1982 (Rolling Stone magazine)
John Belushi 1982 (Rolling Stone magazine)

On March 5, 1982, Belushi was found dead in his room at Bungalow #3 of the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.  The cause of death was a speed-ball, a combined injection of cocaine and heroin.

On the night of his death, he was visited separately by friends Robin Williams (at the height of his own drug exploits) and Robert De Niro, each of whom left the premises, leaving Belushi in the company of assorted others, including Cathy Smith. His death was investigated by forensic pathologist Dr. Ryan Norris among others, and while the findings were disputed, it was officially ruled a rug-related accident.

Belushi and his friend Dan Aykroyd were slated to present the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 54th Academy Awards, an event held less than four weeks after his death. Aykroyd presented the award alone, commenting on the stage “My partner would have loved to have been here to present this award, given that he was something of a visual effect himself.”