“I Love The ’80s”: “Rock Of Ages” Trailer Highlights Decade’s Rock Hits
When the star-studded adaptation of Broadway’s Rock Of Ages
hits theaters on June 15, fans will see Tom Cruise give his take
on Sunset Strip-style rock star vamping in the decade of excess (which
Cruise should know something about, since it was also the era of his own breakout).
The film’s brand new trailer gives a taste of Cruise’s portrayal of
fictional rocker Stacee Jaxx, the leader of the (also fictional) hair
metal band Arsenal, while highlighting some of the most over-the-top
rock of the 1980s. Watch the clip below.
The trailer features eight classic songs in just two minutes, ranging
from Journey’s “Any Way You Want It”
and Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive”
to Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar
on Me” and Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me
With Your Best Shot.” But this is just a small portion of what’s
expected to be used in the film itself, which also stars the likes of
Julianne Hough Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Alec Baldwin and Mary J.
Broadway’s Rock Of Ages is a “jukebox musical,” meaning that
rather than a songbook comprised of new music, the production uses
popular music as its score, a la Movin’ Out (comprised of Billy Joel songs), Mamma Mia!
(ABBA), and Jersey Boys (The Four Seasons). The Broadway
show opens with a mash-up of Poison’s “Nothin’
But a Good Time” and David Lee
Roth’s “Just Like Paradise” and from there, finds the cast covering
acts ranging from Styx and REO Speedwagon to Twisted Sister and even Thomas Dolby.
— Jillian Mapes, CBS Local