Three years ago, the Rock of Ages set its stage in Las Vegas, opening previews at the Venetian in November 2012. The show later moved to the Rio All Suits Hotel and Casino. The goal was to take advantage of the Hotel’s positioning in the city. After a stint of three years, the show is moving again.
The Rock of Ages show features performances that are designed in Karaoke-style. The members perform about 30 favorite rock music songs from the 80s. Since most of these songs are quite memorable, most people can remember the words and sing back during the performances.
Since its opening in Rio, the Rock of Ages has performed more than 1,000 shows. It has been the only musical that celebrates music from the 80s such as rock, mullets, and libation. The departure of the Rock of Ages from Rio has been just one of the many other departures taking place in Vegas as the year comes to an end. Others that will be closing include the Million Dollar Quartet, Puppet Up, Absinthe, among others. According to Steve Ellis, the general manager at Rio, the Rock of Ages musical has been a great addition to the Hotel’s entertainment during its run in Las Vegas.
Besides its Las Vegas stint, Rock of Ages has had success in other places as well. It made history as the 27th longest running show in Broadway in its original production that closed on January 18th 2015. The show’s total performances were 2,328.
The show has had other major performances in America, Canada, and the UK. In Los Angeles, the show premiered in 2005 and run on until 2009. Between this time, the show was hosted at the King King club, then moved to Vanguard Hollywood, then to rent-Mar Studios, and then to Flamingo in Las Vegas in 2006. New World Stages hosted the show from October 2008 to January 2009.
From 2009 to 2015, the show remained largely in Broadway with only a temporary closure from January 2011 to March the same year. The musical has also gone on other major tours in other countries as well. These include to the UK in 2014, in Toronto from 2010 to 2011, two American tours from 2010 to 2014. The show also went to Melbourne & Brisbane, in Australia, in 2011 and Manila, India in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Rock of Ages also been to other cities such as Mexico City, Panama City, and Malta. In 2012, the production released a film under the same name; Rock of Ages. The film was a musical comedy and drama and it was directed by Adam Shankman. The film grossed a total of $59 million worldwide. Diego Boneta, one of the actors in the film received the ALMA Award for the Favorite Movie Actor. The film was nominated for four other awards but it did not win.
Although the Rock of Ages musical has been nominated for numerous awards, it has only won a few of them. The most notable is the TAPA’s audience Choice Award in the 2009/2010 season. There is however no doubt that the musical has been largely successful, and it has featured many amazing performances from its cast. It is expected that this success will continue even after its departure from Rio as it anticipates other great runs in 2017.