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REVIEW: Rock of Ages

L-R: Luke Walsh as ‘Drew’ Lucas Rush as ‘Lonny’ and Kevin Kennedy as ‘Dennis’ in ROCK OF AGES. (C) Richard Davenport

The smash hit musical Rock of Ages is an epic cheese-fest that rocks to the capital for one week only! Enjoy a night of bare flesh and Rock n Roll debauchery accompanied by an awesome live band.

Described as a classic love story set against the backdrop of the LA sunset strip, Rock of Ages has played to sold out seasons on Broadway, London’s West End and Las Vegas as well as inspiring the 2012 Hollywood film starring Tom Cruise.

Antony Costa, of the hit band Blue rocks as the infamous fictional rock star Stacee Jaxx alongside Jodie Steele as the bright-eyed hot-panted Sherrie, Luke Walsh as her reticent love interest Drew, Kevin Kennedy (best known as sex symbol Curly Watts in Coronation Street) as Dennis Dupree and Zoe Birkett of Pop Idol fame as Sherrie’s big-haired and big-voiced friend Justice.  Yet the star of the show is undoubtedly Lucas Rush as the camp and flamboyant Lonny, who provides vague continuity throughout the somewhat convoluted yet entertaining storyline.

Lucas Rush as ‘Lonny’ in ROCK OF AGES. (C) Richard Davenport

It is 1987 and naive Kansas hottie Sherrie heads for LA, with her heart set on stardom. She falls in love with ‘slow on the uptake’ wannabe Rock Star Drew at the fabled West Hollywood club, the Bourbon Room.

German goose-stepping property developers persuade the mayor of LA to demolish the whole of the Sunset Strip including the seedy yet vibrant Bourbon Room.  Crusty club owner Dennis Dupree makes a last ditch attempt to save his venue by enlisting Rock Sex God Stacee Jaxx to play the bar, and make enough dough to save the day….but things don’t go quite to plan…..

The focus is on lewd fun and rocking the audience with over 25 classic 80’s anthems including music by Starship, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Poison and Europe. Whilst some of the themes could prove offensive, the high energy music and action steal the show and go some way to distract from the bare cheeks and frequently suggested fellatio.

This fun yet borderline soft porn musical comedy will have you rocking along with its epic songs.  Lose yourself with the big hair, lavish rock anthems and fun loving cast!

At the Edinburgh Playhouse until 4th May 2019
Age Guidance 14+

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