‘Rockville’. The word alone would seem to demand a respectful rock-on hand gesture to be waved proudly in the air (lizard-like tongue and crazy eyes optional). However, this is not your average hard-hitting, what-you-expect-is-what-you-get rock musical. If anything, it should be called a peace musical. Inspired by the ‘flower power’ concept of peace and love upheld during the time of the Vietnam War during the 1960s, the message that comes through loud and clear is one of change, hope, and the dire need to preserve our earth for future generations.
According to Rockville composer, Johnny Ray, Rockville 2069 can be briefly described as a “futuristic rock musical that is at heart a love story set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world.”
With buzz words like ‘1960’s Woodstock’, ‘sci-fi’, ‘rock’ and ‘post-apocalyptic’ running through my head, I’m not quite sure how to categorise the genre of this production; an umbrella term would simply not be accurate enough.