Tue 30 Apr – Sat 4 May 2019
Stagecraft: Book: Performance:
With ‘Rock’ having a history like no others, this musical was sure to drop a historical bombshell of classic and well known anthems from a time where short hot pants and cut-down jeans were all a rock star wanted or needed. As the lights burn bright and the countdown to 1987 is underway, the set in unveiled and the transformation back to Sunset Boulevard is complete. With the narrator bouncing onto the stage like he was riding a space hopper, the energy was clear to see from the start. This was going to be a musical full off high-octane energy from beginning to the end. The time and care that went into the creative and artistic stage design was uplifting and beautiful to the human eye. Full of colour, bright lights and a full band stage, it definitely caught the essence of a time when ‘everything goes.’
As the stage lights up, the visual production of the show is unwrapped and delivered to the audience as the ‘Bourbon Room’ comes too our attention. Owned and run with efficiency by a long-haired ancient hippy called Dennis, this Sunset Strip club is one of the many venues playing host to the soon to be famous rock bands of their time. It served as the perfect venue for an LA love story. As Sherrie leaves home looking for a better life, Drew is trying to becme a rock star, and with Dennis still chasing the hot pants the show started to produce the humour that proved to be a very important asset for Rock of Ages.
With a concoction of great and memorable classic songs, Rock of Ages is a fun show with a tongue in cheek approach to theatrical entertainment. Take your time, sit back, relax and enjoy the journey through rock as we know it. From Whitesnake, Europe, Foreigner, Starship and other renowned rock bands, not forgetting Stacee Jaxx, this rollercoaster of a musical will not disappoint. There are some fantastically funny scenes, and without these humorous interventions we would have a very different experience. A well-written book throws the audience a laugh at every corner. A day without laughter is a day wasted they say, you can smile, laugh, clap or dance but for sure you will confusingly enjoy this extravaganza of a show.
With strong and well-chiselled acting, the characters are very believable and tend to want to make you turn back time and jump on the Rock Train to Sunset Strip. Trekking through the dramas of eviction and demolition, love and betrayal, heartache and joy, the one thing that always conquers all is Dennis. With all the ingredients of music, hilarity, dance, boiling hot energy and a cast that will tickle every part of your body, this stage production of Rock of Ages will leave you with a warm whoosh feeling that will be present with you for the near future, well at least until you get home. Even if Rock is not your genre, take a dip into something different and trot along to see this one off take on Rock of Ages….