Review: Rock of Ages at The Opera House, Manchester

Here we go again!

The smash hit musical is back in the UK.

Rock of Ages is an LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true!

Starring Kevin Kennedy as ‘Dennis’, Zoe Birkett as ‘Justice’, Jodie Steele as ‘Sherrie’, Luke Walsh as ‘Drew’, Lucas Rush as ‘Lonny’, Andrew Carthy as ‘Franz’, Vas Constanti as ‘Hertz’ and Rhiannon Chesterman as ‘Regina’.

This hilarious musical comedy will have you singing and laughing along with its epic songs, including We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is played loud and proud by an awesome live band.

Now a global smash with hit seasons on Broadway, London’s West End and Las Vegas and a star-studded Hollywood movie version, we were promised a night of outrageous rock ‘n’ roll debauchery at the biggest party in town!

Wow, what an experience.

The lighting, the costumes, the props all took me back to the 80s. Even the music being piped in was on my Spotify playlist.

The tone was set from the off, with dazzling lights and strobes, and Lonny, the narrator of sorts, breaking the 4th wall straight away; something he was going to do a lot throughout the show.

8. ROCK OF AGES. The Company. Photo Richard DavenportWe follow the star crossed lovers, Sherry and Wolfgang (Drew) on their journey towards finding each other while trying to negotiate the live rock music scene of the mid to late 80s.

The music is phenomenal, with only the best and most appropriate songs included. My personal favourite was cum on feel the noise… but every song was delivered with aplomb.

The score was fantastic, with mashups of various 80s rock songs and some specific to the show that really got the crowd going.

The supporting actors were so memorable, not always the case in this kind of show, but in particular Franz and his “pride” scene was an absolute show stealer!

By far the best part of this live show is the interaction between the narrator and the audience. The skill of the actor really made a difficult task look super easy. He was hilarious, risqué and extremely talented.

And Dennis – legend – he looked a bit like Curly Watts to be honest. His dancing was surprisingly lithe, unless they somehow used a body double, but I doubt it 😉
15. ROCK OF AGES. Zoe Birkett 'Justice' and The Company. Photo Richard Davenport

Final Score: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 

The Best show i have reviewed in a long time

Overall this show is excellent, my 12 year old loved it, she was even dancing at the end. There were some jokes and scenes that went over her head, but it didn’t detract, just made me squirm a bit…

A definite 5/5, the best show I’ve reviewed in a long time, and I put that down to the stand out way Lonny and Franz portrayed their characters and interacted with the audience. Breaking the fourth wall is supposed to be Deadpool’s thing, but not any more!

Rock of ages runs until the 29th September at The Opera House Manchester.

For more information and to book tickets visit HERE

Review by Kieran Anders for #BoltonLive

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