Gaylife Magazine | Manchester

Review: Rock of Ages, Opera House

Rock of Ages is the hilarious musical comedy lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems, including Don’t Stop Believin’We Built This CityThe Final CountdownWanted Dead or AliveHere I Go AgainCan’t Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is, played loud and proud by an awesome live band.

For any lover of 1980’s power ballads, this musical is a must. With the classic tale of boy meets girl at an American diner (or club) with the obligatory love story unveiling against a back drop of catchy songs.

With a plot line of love and diversity which could come straight out 80’s Hollywood movie, the LA love story Rock of Ages is no exception with classic hits such as “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Here I Go Again”.

Starring Strictly winner Kevin Clifton who has wowed audiences as the rock star Stacee Jaxx since taking on the role in 2019, now, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, he is back in the “Bourbon Room” pack with all the feel good high energy a post pandemic return to the theatre deserves.

With a excellent cast supporting him, in Luke Walsh as Drew, Rhiannon Chesterman as Sherrie, Ross Dawes as Dennis, Gabriella Williams as Regina, Jenny Fitzpatrick as Justice Charlier, Joe Gash as Lonny, Erin Bell as Constance, Vas Constanti as Hertz Klinemann and Andrew Carthy as Franz, they are also supported by an ensemble of outstanding performers and dancers, under the direction and choreography of Nick Winston.

Get on your leathers and chains, draw on that war paint and prepare for an anarchistic night of real rock (and enjoyment)!

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