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The Heart of Rock and Roll

April 22, 2024

By Dabney Peterson

It begins with the rousing “Hip To Be Square” and it’s a non-stop cavalcade of the songs of Huey Lewis and the News, some of which you may remember and some of which you may not.  They are all fueled by a megawatt energy, credit to choreographer  Lorin Latarro, that will have you inspired to do the bubble wrap at your next high school reunion. This is “The Heart of Rock and Roll”, currently at the James Earl Jones Theatre. In a year populated by some very serious  (and good) musicals, here’s one that stands out for the audacity to have nothing on its mind but sheer entertainment.  And a terrific twosome at the center, Corey Cott and McKenzie Kurtz, who bears a striking resemblance to a young Hilary Clinton.

If you had a good time at Grease and Mamma Mia, you’ll have a blast at “The Heart of Rock and Roll.”  It’s hot fun in the Summertime!