Theatre

Reviewed: Rock of Ages @ Theatre Royal, Brighton

If you’re looking for a deep and meaningful stage production to stimulate your IQ, then Rock of Ages is not for you. But if you’re looking for some light-hearted entertainment that doesn’t take itself too seriously, then this high-energy, laugh out loud, cheesy Jukebox musical will leave you smiling from ear to ear.

From the minute we took our seats and saw a live rock band on stage we knew this was going to be something very different. At times during the show the band make you feel as if you really are at a live concert, the talent of these guys is seriously undeniable.

The character Lonny adds very unique element to the show that you don’t get with most musicals, not that you need someone talking you through the show but the comedy element he brings is simply brilliant. Perhaps comedy isn’t something you would expect from a show such as Rock of Ages but Stephen Rahman-Hughes who plays Lonny is certain to provide you with numerous laughs throughout your Rock of Ages journey.

As for the lead male Drew, played by Noel Sullivan, It’s fair to say that he has come a long way since his Hearsay days. Before we even recognised the person belting out everyone’s favourite rock classics we were amazed by the vocal talent. It’s surprising what a wig and ‘rocker attire’ can do!

I always think that a full standing ovation is one thing but having the whole audience up dancing to Don’t Stop Believin’ is an achievement in itself.

So if like me you love a slightly cheesy musical that just makes you want to get out of your seat and start singing along then Rock of Ages is one you shouldn’t miss. But… Make sure you’re prepared to be transported back to the 80s and ready to rock to all the classics.

Top tip for parents: With its abundance of raunchy humour, crude language, and scantily clad rock chicks, you might need to find someone to look after the kids.

Rock of Ages is currently on tour – tickets are available here.

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