Fort Smith will get the chance to rock out ‘80s style on April 30, when the nationally touring show, “Rock of Ages,” is set to musically stir up audience goers.
The performance is at 7:30 p.m. at the Arkansas Best Performing Arts Center at the Fort Smith Convention Center.
Stacey Jones of Fort Smith, UAFS associate vice chancellor for campus and community events, said 28 songs from the 1980s will bring back a ton of memories for a lot of people.
“With mega hits from Journey, White Snake and Poison, this show will not only have you reminiscing about the ‘80s, but is down-and-out a lot of fun,” said Jones.
The show opening starts in 1987 on the Sunset Strip where a small-town girl meets a big-city dreamer in L.A.’s legendary rock club. They fall in love to the hit songs of iconic rockers such as Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Night Ranger and more.
The rock production is a five-time Tony Award nominee and has been called “a hilarious, feel-good love story told through hit songs.”
Classic rock tunes include “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “We Built This City,” “The Final Countdown,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Here I Go Again,” “Harden My Heart,” “Can’t Fight this Feeling,” “Renegade” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.”
The two hour and 15 minute production is directed by Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine. It features distorted guitar riffs based around power chords, catchy hooks and hard-hitting drumming.
“‘Rock of Ages’ is currently being performed on Broadway and is the type of quality we love to bring to the Fort Smith area,” Jones said. “There are tons of guitar solos, and many of the songs have catchy ‘sing-along’ choruses and clear vocals.”
This show is recommended for audiences 14 and over.
“Get your tickets early, because it will sell out,” Jones said.
“Rock of Ages” is one of the national touring shows which are a part of the Season of Entertainment schedule this year. The annual entertainment extravaganza sponsored by UAFS combines national touring events with student concerts and theatrical productions to form the annual Season slate.
Tickets are $55 and $52 and are available by calling the Box Office at 479-788-7300.