My boyfriend and I took our 6 year old daughter to Broadway’s limited run show Rocktopia last night. Wow, it totally blew us away! This musical revolution fuses Tchaikovsky, U2, Copland, Journey, Mozart, Foreigner, Pink Floyd, Beethoven and more into a heart pumping, inspiring and magical masterpiece. This revolutionary performance showcases the talents of seasoned musicians who bring justice to some of the greatest classical music ever written blended with some of the best rock songs of the past century.
Developed over an eight year span, creators, recording artist Rob Evans and Maestro Randall Craig Fleischer, were inspired by the idea that Beethoven and Mozart were the rock stars of their day…now imagine Freddie Mercury walks in the room. Well that’s what Rocktopia feels like. The musical arrangements of classical music with rock is fantastic and moving. Images are projected on the back of the stage that help bring the music to life and at times tell a powerful story of our history.
The show begins with Strauss, Baba O’Reily, The Who, Eine Kleini Nachtmusik, Mozart and the Styx which makes the crowd start singing ‘Teenage Wasteland’ and ‘Come Sail Away’ all together with the power house singers, Rob Evans and Tony Vincent. The show went on to fuse Elton John’s ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me’ with Handel’s ‘Lasicia Ch’io Pianga’. It gave me chills to hear this moving performance and as I looked at my daughter, she literally had her mouth agape in awe.
Beyond absolutely loving the show, it was an incredible way to introduce my six year old daughter to so many types of music. She was absolutely mesmerized. To top it off the lead singer from Train, Pat Monohan, made a guest appearance and sang ‘Drops of Jupiter’ which brought her, as well as the crowd to their feet in an awesome performance backed by a full symphony.
Without giving the whole show away, I’ll leave you with this, I loved the show so much, I’m going again!
- No one under the age of 4 is allowed.
- Sunday matinee is probably the best time for children.
- No strollers.
- Booster seats are available.
- It’s loud but not ‘rock concert loud’ which leaves your ears ringing.
- There is an intermission.
- There is a bar with candy and you are allowed to bring it into the theatre.