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Review | Rock of Ages The Musical | Manchester Opera House

Review | Rock of Ages The Musical | Manchester Opera House

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Think big, crimped hair, fishnet tights and classic 1980s anthems mashed up together in a rock concert style musical.

Smash-hit Rock of Ages celebrates the great songs and some less favourable hairstyles that the 80s brought us.

Set in a dive bar, The Bourbon Room, on Sunset Strip, wannabe actress Sherrie (Danielle Hope) moves to L.A. to chase her dreams, only to be mugged the moment she arrives. Her knight in shining armour is novice rockstar Drew (Luke Walsh) who manages to get her a job in the bar.

Our guide throughout the show and narrator of the plot is the barman Lonny (Lucas Rush). From the get-go, the audience gets a taste of the show – one that is naughty and entertaining.

Big anthems from the likes of Journey, Poison, Whitesnake to name a few take the audience back to the 80s, along with the bold and iconic dress styles of the era (designed by Morgan Large).

The stand out numbers of the show has to be by the gutsy and raw soul singer Zoe Birkett, playing strip club owner Justice. Birkett’s voice had a smoky rasp that left goosebumps on my arms, especially during her astounding duet with Danielle Hope on Harden My Heart.

The choreography and direction by Nick Winston were bold, lively and clever, using the rock concert type staging to emphasise the importance of the genre.

The cast never dropped the high ball of energy and all worked together to create a performance that was entertaining, left a few tears in eyes and the audience on their feet for the last song!

It’s funny, fast and naughty – the perfect night out!

Rock of Ages THE MUSICAL IS ON AT THE Opera House UNTIL September 29. TICKETS ARE ON SALE FROM ATG TICKETS.

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