Everyone’s favorite former wrestling star has already taken the world by storm on the silver screen, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will soon be making his debut on the stage. A puppet version of him, that is.
The People’s Rock, a musical production set to debut in London next week during the Vault Festival, is a play set in an America 30 years hence, under the rule of Emperor Trumpus. “Set to reflect the paranoid edge of 1984 with the warmth and atmosphere of Hairspray,” as told by Metro UK, the legend of the man known as The Rock will inspire a lone girl to revolution in a world where television, the internet, and democracy have vanished and the past is all but forgotten.
Created by all-female writers troupe “Nevertheless, She”, the idea for the play was borne from a joke about a member’s obsession with Johnson but soon turned into a way to address the world’s changing political climate in a fun style that wouldn’t seem too depressing. While the rest of the performance is live action, “The Rock” appears to the main character in puppet form and is known as the “Fairy Rock Mother” because of the guiding role he plays in the protagonist’s journey through the musical’s dystopic future.
When asked why Johnson is only appearing in puppet form, the obvious answer was also the real answer; the group couldn’t afford the famous actor. Nevertheless, Johnson has expressed his support and enthusiasm for the production, tweeting “Break a leg and I’m there in spirit!” and appreciating the “strong, 18yr old female voice.”
With hits like Jumanji and the Fast & Furious franchise on his docket, this may be the closest we’ll get to seeing Dwayne under the lights of the stage for the foreseeable future…who’s up for a trip to London?
Ah a musical inspired by yours truly. Cool.. who’s hitting the high notes?