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All About 1987, the Setting for ROCK OF AGES!

December 16, 2011

ROCK OF AGESIn 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer – and in L.A.’s most legendary rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80’s. That’s the story of ROCK OF AGES.  Here are some of the major events of 1987, the time period of the musical.

  • The Biggest music Hits that year according to Billboard Magazine were the following:

1.    “Walk Like an Egyptian,” Bangles
2.    “Alone,” Heart
3.    “Shake You Down,” Gregory Abbott
4.    “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” Whitney Houston
5.    “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” Starship
6.    “C’est, la Vie,” Robbie Nevil
7.    “Here I Go Again,” Whitesnake
8.    “The Way It is,” Bruce Hornsby and the Range
9.    “Shakedown,” Bob Seger
10.    “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi
11.    “La Bamba,” Los Lobos
12.    “Everybody Have Fun Tonight,” Wang Chung
13.    “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” Crowded House
14.    “Always,” Atlantic Starr
15.    “With or Without You,” U2
16.    “Looking for a New Love,” Jody Watley
17.    “Head to Toe,” Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
18.    “I Think We’re Alone Now,” Tiffany
19.    “Mony, Mony,” Billy Idol
20.    “At This Moment,” Billy Vera and The Beaters
(Click here for a 10-minute video mash-up of all of the #1 hits in 1987!)

  • The top ten TV shows, according to A.C. Nielsen Ratings:

1.    “The Cosby Show” (NBC) (Video of all of the openings… season 4/1987-88 starts at 2:48)
2.    “Roseanne” (ABC)
3.    “A Different World” (NBC)
4.    “Cheers” (NBC)
5.    “60 Minutes” (CBS)
6.    “The Golden Girls” (NBC)
7.    “Who’s the Boss?” (ABC
8.    “Murder, She Wrote” (CBS)
9.    “Empty Nest” (NBC)
10.    “Anything But Love” (ABC)

  • The biggest box office hits in 1987 according to Box Office Mojo were:

1.    Three Men and A Baby (Trailer)
2.    Fatal Attraction
3.    Beverly Hills Cop II
4.    Good Morning, Vietnam
5.    Moonstruck
6.    The Untouchables
7.    The Secret of My Success
8.    Stakeout
9.    Lethal Weapon
10.    The Witches of Eastwick

  • The Pulitzer Prize for drama went to: August Wilson for Fences.
  • Tony Awards:

Best Musical: Les Miserables (Video)
Best Play: Fences (Video)
Best Actor: James Earl Jones, Fences
Best Actress: Linda Lavin, Broadway Bound
Best Actor in a musical: Robert Lindsay, Me and My Girl
Best Actress in a musical: Maryann Plunkett, Me and My Girl

  • Academy Awards:

Best picture: The Last Emperor (Trailer)
Best Actor: Michael Douglas for Wall Street
Best Actress: Cher for Moonstruck

  • Grammy Awards

Record of the Year:  Graceland, Paul Simon (Video of the making of the album)
Song of the Year: “Somewhere Out There,” James Horner & Barry Mann
Best Album: The Joshua Tree,  U2
Male Vocalist: Sting, Bring on the Night
Female Vocalist: Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).”

Don’t miss ROCK OF AGES, coming Dec. 26-21 to Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts CenterCLICK HERE for more information!

BRAND NEW!!  Cabaret seating is available for ROCK OF AGES.  Come join us in “The Bourbon Room.”  CLICK HERE for more details.

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