Rock Of Ages set to party at Aylesbury Waterside

Rock of Ages The Musical. Photo by Manuel Harlan
Rock of Ages The Musical. Photo by Manuel Harlan

Get ready to party with one of the cheesiest rock musicals ever written.

The national tour of Rock Of Ages reaches Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on Monday so break out the double denim, mullets and air guitars for a night to remember.

Rock Of Ages stars Ben Richards as rock god Stacee Jaxx who dazzles with the whitest teeth and cheekiest performance of his career (just watch his entrance via a live video link backstage!).

Set in the 1980s the show features a top playlist of some of the best bands from the era.

You’ll be rockin’ the night away to Bon Jovi, Euirope, Styx and Journey while whooping up the totally hilarious story.

I caught an earlier performance of the show in Birmingham which went down a storm with the audience, opening with local lads’, Slade’s, Cum On Feel The Noize.

Noel Sullivan didn’t appear in the performance I watched but the former Hear’Say singer, who has carved out a successful musical theatre career since leaving the band, is set to appear in Aylesbury playing wannabe rocker Drew Boley.

This whimsical rock fable is set in The Bourbon Room, an infamous rock bar in downtown Sunset Strip where Boley works as a busboy while trying to get into the music business.

The venue, run by Dennis Dupree and Lonny Barnet, gave Jaxx his first big break and he’s since gone on to become a major international superstar.

But now dastardly developers (yes, you can boo and hiss – it’s that kind of show) plan to tear the heart out of the Strip and replace the rockers’ favourite haunt with a shopping mall.

All the while a pretty, naive, young blonde called Sherrie arrives in town looking for her chance of stardom.

In a city built on rock and roll will The Bourbon Room survive? Will Jaxx come to the rescue? Will Boley become a star and will Sherrie make it in Hollywood?

Rock Of Ages is the ultimate jukebox musical packed with outsized personalities, skin-tight jeans, comedy and, above all, great music.

My only regret is that the red hot backing band (long hair, tats, ripped jeans..sigh) – who really are the business – aren’t given a longer spot in the show.

Richards has great fun playing with Stacee Jaxx. The guy is pure rock – with a Hollywood makeover.

The playlist features some of the best stadium anthems of the 1980s American rock scene (with Slade, inexplicably, sneaking into the line-up).

You wanna rock? Get yourself down to The Waterside next week.

The show continues to tour until November. For dates and venues go to www.rockofagesmusical.co.uk/tour/

*In advance of its arrival at Milton Keynes Theatre August 18–23 the venue is looking for MK’s most awesome Air Guitarist.

Go along to the centre:mk on July 5 from 11am to be judged by cast members from the show including Ben Richards who will also be performing songs from the show.

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