Drew and Sherrie eventually bump into each other on the street, literally. They hardly recognize each other. He is costumed for a boy band that his manager has put together to play shopping malls; she is dressed up for her job as a stripper at the Venus Club, wholesome Kansas dirndls a dim memory.

But never mind them, they'll get together just fine. The most interesting couple is Dennis and Lonny, who works as sound man and general helper in Dennis's nightclub. These two galvanizing actors capture and convey the spirit of the show as well as any of the rousing production numbers. Adorably, they eventually also add a cuted-up gay note, discovering their affection for each other as they sing REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling." Since this is no longer 1987, the marketing people apparently had no objection.

Def Leppard's "Rock of Ages" isn't in the show. The producers couldn't get the rights. It doesn't matter. There's plenty of spirited nostalgia, not stopping till Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " leaves the aisles littered with socks.

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