Reviewed by Emily Crombie
Rock of Ages opened last night at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow. It was two and a half hours of pure escapism and craziness!!
Rock of Ages is based on the book by Chris D’Arienzo and produced by Nick Winston with musical arrangements by Ethan Popp. Opening in Hollywood in 2005, it didn’t hit Broadway until 2009 where it then ran for 6 years and has gone on to be a film released in 2012 starring Tom Cruise.
It is set to some of the rock classics of the 80s era as country girl Sherrie (Jodie Steele), escapes to the bright lights of Los Angeles and the Sunshine Strip. She ends up working in the Bourbon Lounge where she meets want-to-be rock star, Drew (Luke Walsh). The Bourbon Lounge is at risk of demolition and owner Dennis (Kevin Kennedy) enlists the band, The Arsenal with lead singer Stacee Jaxx (Kevin Clifton) to play a farewell gig an attempt to save it.
The show full of fabulous musical numbers such as We Built this City, The Final Countdown and Don’t Stop Believin’ brought to life with the big voices of Jodie Steele, Luke Walsh, Zoe Birkett and Kevin Clifton but the man of the moment was definitely Lonny played by Lucas Rush. Acting as narrator he was hilarious, his timing and delivery perfect! Kevin Clifton surprised many in the audience with not only his dance moves but his wonderful voice!
The King’s Theatre is situated on Bath Street in the City centre. It is a 15-minute walk from Buchanan Street but the area is well served with public transport and there is on street parking in the vicinity. The traditional theatre offers a friendly welcome.
Tickets cost from £15 to £59.50 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Rock of Ages is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow from 22-26 January 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/kings or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648