10.20.09 9 years ago 36 Comments

This is a clip from So You Think You Can Dance when Adam Shankman was guest hosting — the dancing was so beautiful it made him cry, you see.  It’s related because Shankman, a former choreographer who went on to direct The Pacifier, Bringing Down the House, and Cheaper by the Dozen 2, has signed on to direct the screen version of the musical Rock of Ages, which he calls “Mamma Mia for dudes.”

The musical tells the story of a couple that meets at the Sunset Strip club Rock of Ages, falls in love and tries to stay together amid the rough and tumble rock lifestyle [?]. The cast finds reasons to belt out 80s rock anthems by Journey, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar and others.

“I had the best time of my life making `Hairspray’ and badly wanted another musical, and when I watched `Rock of Ages,’ I was struck by the fact that not only had much of the audience seen it more than once, every guy in the audience knew the words to the songs,” Shankman said. “I thought, `this is `Mamma Mia!’ for dudes.'”

[Rock of Ages] began modestly five years ago in a Hollywood rock club, where the sets had to be struck quickly to make way for rave parties. After a short-lived Vegas stint that almost killed it, “Rock of Ages” caught on off-Broadway, and three movie studios battled for the movie rights.

Can New Line Cinema head Toby Emmerich score a hit by putting an established mainstream musical director like Shankman in charge of turning a lowbrow tuner into a star-driven picture?  Well, one of Rock of Ages’ signature tunes is Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin.'” [Variety]

I’m constantly amazed that ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ can retain kitsch value even while being one of the most overexposed and f-cked out songs at karaoke night.  It’s a good song, but think about it, The Sopranos finale was more than two years ago.  All I can say is that if it can still be likable even after a cheesy dork like Adam Shankman makes a movie with it, and a Variety writer uses its “message” as the last line of his article, it should be recognized by Guinness as the most invincible song in history.  It’ll eventually be like Demolition Man where in the future, all the restaurants are Taco Bell, and the only song they play is “Don’t Stop Believin.”  (*continues livin’ just to find emotion*)

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