Review: Rock of Ages thrills with exceptional cast and huge numbers!
Here we go again…! The smash hit musical is back in the UK
Rock of Ages in an LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true!
This hilarious musical comedy will have you singing and laughing along with its epic songs, including Don’t Stop Believin’, We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Wanted Dead or Alive, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight This Feelin’ and I Want to Know What Love Is, played loud and proud by an awesome live band.
The impressive cast includes Kevin Clifton (Strictly Come Dancing, Burn the Floor) as Stacee Jaxx, Kevin Kennedy (Coronation Street, We Will Rock You) as Dennis,Zoe Birkett as Justice, Lucas Rush (American Idiot) as Lonny, Jodie Steele (Heathers) as Sherrie, Andrew Carthy as Franz, Vas Constanti as Hertz and Rhiannon Chesterman as Regina.
Rock of Ages is currently on tour in the UK and we caught it at the revived Haymarket Theatre in Leicester.
From the moment we stepped into the theatre, there was a sense of being at a rock concert. The energy that was on the stage - the singers, the band, the dancing was just electric from the start.
The story starts with Sherrie, brilliantly played by Jodie Steele, setting off to chase her dream in Hollywood. Of course, things don’t quite go to plan…
The production is brilliantly narrated by Lucas Rush, who maintained the energy all the way through, helped by brilliant Direction from Nick Winston who has made full use of sound and lighting to making this a thrilling production.
As the story evolves, Sherrie, discovers life on the sunset strip isn’t quite what it all cracked up to be - although she does manage to fall in love.
Rock of Ages is punctuated by some of the biggest rock songs of all time and the cast, in particular Kevin Clifton, Jodie Steele and Rhannon Chesterman pulled them off perfectly.
Act 2 started with a big bang again and the cast somehow managed to increase the energy to a whole new level. It’s a rollercoaster of a musical, taking you through both hilarious scenes and tender moments that will bring a tear to your eye. ‘I can’t fight this feeling’ is particularly emosh.
Of course the big number ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ finishes the whole thing off perfectly, with the whole audience up on their feet.
Rock of Ages is fantastic entertainment - definitely catch it on tour! For Haymarket Theatre tickets, go to haytheatre.com. Visit rockofagestour.co.uk for full tour info.