Review: Well Oiled Rock Machine Brings the Soo to Its’ Feet

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Rock of Ages
Photo by Megan Pounder/SaultOnline

The hit Broadway Rock of Ages musical, hit the stage at the GFL Memorial Gardens tonight and the only thing off Broadway was their location. This show didn’t miss a beat, a note, an octave, a guitar solo, or anything else for that matter.

The 2100 plus Saulites in attendance were brought to their feet on more than one occasion with goosebump driven vocals of their favourite hits of the 80’s era rock scene. Although all the songs seemed to be fan favourites, Sister Christian, Oh Sherrie, and Don’t Stop Believing, seemed to hit emotional chords for the young and the old.

Rock of Ages
Photo by Megan Pounder/SaultOnline

What makes this a real pleasant review is that every single team member from leading cast members Kristina Walz (Regina), to Anthony Nuccio (Drew), didn’t miss a line, a breath or octave. From an audience perspective, it seemed like a perfect show.

I must also say that what made this machine unique is that the writers did not shy away from telling the real story of Rock And Roll and hormones from teenagers and young adults in the Mecca of the Rock Era….Sunset Strip.

Numerous times, the audience was given the true language spoken in heated arguments, and the true innuendos were also not soft cushioned to appease some.

Rock of Ages
Photo by Megan Pounder/SaultOnline

Rock of Ages, had comedy, well-choreographed dancing, a true and easy plot line to understand, and the best sounding rock songs from the ’80s.

Music featured in the show were from the “who’s who” such as Whitesnake, Journey, Warrant, Night Ranger, etc.

This show featured a tight cast, with singing, dancing, theatrical, and musical resumes that would make most others cringe or blush.

The show was two parts and the cast hustled their sale to the Northern Ontario audience for the better part of 120 minutes.

Rock of Ages
Photo by Megan Pounder/SaultOnline

The end of the night closed out with all cast members getting their shine under the lights and the actual band got their due time as well.

Throughout the night, not one of these key parts of the puzzle missed a note or a beat and it was quite a gesture for the writers and choreographers to give them the full stage to showcase the talent that was the backbone to this show.

The GFL Memorial Gardens threw their second straight touchdown (Foreigner), and it goes to show that Rock music is alive in the Soo and that we will support.

***photo credits go to Megan Pounder***

Ernest Skinner

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Ernest Skinner
Ernest Skinner was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie and attended Humber College after high school. He has a passion for other cultures and has travelled throughout Mexico and many South American countries. He has written many articles over the years that deal with events happening here in Sault Ste. Marie and around the globe. Ernest has interviewed many rock and roll musicians including, Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy.Dio.Whitesnake, Quiet Riot), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger). Adrian Vandenberg (Vandenberg, Whitesnake, Moonkings), Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Sass Jordan, Lee Aaron, John Corabi (Motley Crue/Dead Daisies), Geoff Tate (Queensryche) Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner) and many more. Reading about ancient civilizations, world politics, and mysteries of the unknown are also defining factors that are his general makeup. Outside of being serious, he has a bright sense of humour that was moulded from shows like Seinfeld & The Simpsons. Ernest is a freelance writer.

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