Rock of Ages


A Gritty and Glamorous Jukebox Musical

Book by Chris D'Arienzo, Music and Lyrics by Various Artists

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strip's last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherrie, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairytale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherrie, and the gang save the strip–and themselves–before it's too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, and more hold the answer.


Thursday, July 30 at 7:30pm

Friday, July 31 at 7:30pm

Saturday, August 1 at 7:30pm

Tuesday, August 4 at 7:30pm (Theatre for All Performance)

Wednesday, August 5 at 7:30pm

Thursday, August 6 at 7:30pm

Friday, August 7 at 7:30pm

Saturday, August 8 at 7:30pm


Tickets are $17 for the general public, $12 for NMU Faculty/Staff, Seniors, and Military, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU students.

Located in the Forest Roberts Theatre.




"Cum On Feel the Noize (Pre-Reprise)/Just Like Paradise/Nothin' but a Good Time" (Quiet Riot/David Lee Roth/Poison)  – Lonny, Dennis, Drew, and Company

"Sister Christian" (Night Ranger)  – Sherrie, Drew, Mother, Father, and Company

"We Built This City/Too Much Time on My Hands" (Starship/Styx)  – Drew, Dennis, Lonny, Stacee, Regina, Mayor, Franz, Hertz, and Company

"I Wanna Rock" (Twisted Sister)  – Drew and Company

"We're Not Gonna Take It" (Twisted Sister)  – Regina and Ensemble

"More Than Words/To Be with You/Heaven" (Extreme/Mr. Big/Warrant)  – Sherrie, Drew, and Company

"Waiting for a Girl Like You" (Foreigner)  – Drew, Sherrie, Stacee, and Ensemble

"Wanted Dead or Alive" (Bon Jovi)  – Stacee, Sherrie, and Ensemble

"I Want to Know What Love Is" (Foreigner)  – Stacee, Sherrie, Drew, and Ensemble

"Cum On Feel the Noize/We're Not Gonna Take It (Reprise)" (Quiet Riot/Twisted Sister)  – Stacee, Dennis, Sherrie, Regina, Drew, and Company

"Harden My Heart/Shadows of the Night" (Quarterflash/Pat Benatar)  – Sherrie, Justice, Lonny, and Company

"Here I Go Again" (Whitesnake)  – Sherrie, Drew, Stacee, Dennis, Lonny, Regina, Franz, and Company



"The Final Countdown/We Built This City (Reprise)" (Europe/Starship)  – Hertz, Franz, Dennis, Lonny, Regina, and Ensemble

"Any Way You Want It/I Wanna Rock (Reprise)" (Journey/Twisted Sister)  – Justice, Sherrie, Drew, Record Company Men, and Ensemble

"High Enough" (Damn Yankees)  – Sherrie, Drew, and Company

"I Hate Myself for Loving You/Heat of the Moment" (Joan Jett and The Blackhearts/Asia)  – Sherrie, Stacee, Drew, and Company

"Hit Me with Your Best Shot" (Pat Benatar)  – Franz, Regina, Hertz, and Ensemble

"Can't Fight This Feeling" (REO Speedwagon)  – Dennis, Lonny, and Ensemble

"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" (Poison)  – Justice, Sherrie, Drew, Franz, Hertz, Dennis, Lonny, Stacee, and Ensemble

"Keep On Loving You" (REO Speedwagon)  – Hertz 

"Oh Sherrie" (Steve Perry)  – Drew, Sherrie, and Ensemble

"The Search Is Over" (Survivor)  – Drew, Sherrie, and Company

"Renegade" (Styx)  – Stacee and Company 

"Don't Stop Believin'" (Journey)  – Company

Cast List



Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Music Director Anna Morrison
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Scenic Designer Lex van Blommestein
Lighting Designer David Pierce
Costume Designer TBA
Sound Designer TBA
Properties Master TBA
Technical Director TBA
Production Stage Manager Lilith Kontos

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.