As you probably know, I love musicals! It’s hard to say what my favourite would be as I like so many. Rock of Ages was a musical that before this week I had never seen! I didn’t know the story, I knew absolutely nothing about it. After seeing the musical at the Opera House last night, I instantly fell in love with it! What a fantastic night we had, I think it was one of the best shows I’ve seen this year, I didn’t stop laughing!
Rock of Ages is ultimately a love story set in the 80’s in LA. Drew (Luke Walsh) is ‘just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit’, hoping to make it big as a rock star. He meets ‘small town girl’ Sherrie (Danielle Hope) who also has a dream, she wants to be a famous actress. Like most stories, they’re tale of falling in love isn’t an easy ride.
I recognised Danielle Hope from the BBC’s Over The Rainbow which she won. She gave a fantastic performance as Sherrie and has such an amazing voice.
The story takes place between two clubs on Sunset Strip. The show was loud, bright and it definitely was rocking!
As I’d never seen the show before I didn’t really know what to expect. Lonny (Lucas Rush) introduced himself and the show, not only was he a ‘barman’ at The Bourbon Bar, he was also the Narrator. He absolutely stole the show for me, he was hilarious, so at ease with the audience, he was OTT which made him more funny, he was loud and loveable!
I soon realised that this show was a different kind of musical, it definitely didn’t take itself seriously! It was fun and naughty, very naughty in parts! It was extremely cheesey, but I love cheese. It was very tounge-in-cheek and had a concert-style feel throughout.
I would say that compared to other musicals I’ve seen, Rock of Ages had quite a basic storyline and a pretty simple set, but that’s all part of the show! Lonny makes reference to the uncomplexity of the story and there’s plenty of jokes about the set including little ride-on motorbikes and cut out palm trees.
What makes this show fantastic is the cast, the singing and of course- the soundtrack!
Zoe Birkett, winner of Pop Idol 2002, played the part of soul diva and owner of the strip club… Ooops I mean Gentlemens Club, she had a voice to blow you away! The duets between Drew and Sherrie were also amazing.
The part of the show that had everyone stood up and dancing in the aisles is the soundtrack! The massive 80’s hits that the whole musical is set against. Journeys Don’t Stop Believing was sang towards the end, getting the audience up on their feet, clapping and singing along. Other massive hits includes Built This City, I Want To Know What Love Is and The FINAL Countdown.
Rock Of Ages was a show I was completely new too, but it’s a show I won’t forget! It was loud, fun, naughty and brilliant!
It’s back at The Opera House Manchester Tuesday 5th October to Saturday 9th October 2021. See here for ticket information! It’s well worth seeing.