Review: Rock of Ages at The Opera House, Manchester

Rock of Ages UK Tour

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!

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!

Rock Of Ages Musical The Alexandra Birmingham New Tour Cast 21/22 ©The Other Richard

Wow, what an experience.

The lighting, the costumes, the props all took me back to the 80s. Even the music being piped in before the curtain went up 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 I realised we would experience throughout the show.

We 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 passion and some amazing vocal skills. Some of the notes reached and held were unbelievable and rightly attracted applause and whoops from the crowd.

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, which is 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. His dancing was surprisingly lithe, unless they somehow used a body double, but I doubt it

Final Score: 

The Best show i have reviewed in a long time

Overall this show is excellent, my 15 year old daughter loved it, although she was too cool for dancing at the end. There were some jokes and scenes that I hope 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 a difficult skill to perform, but this show manages it perfectly

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