Rock Of Ages at the Churchill Theatre

Image: The Other Richard

Dreams can come true. The musical show Rock of Ages now at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre deals with highs and lows of life in Los Angeles, California, where a love story unfolds at the famous Bourbon Room on Sunset Strip. A young girl, Sherrie (played by Gabriella Williams), from Kansas, wishes to become an actress, and is with a talented guy, Drew (played by Sam Turrell), from Detroit, whose desire is to be a rock star.

Kevin Kennedy (Coronation Street, Curly Watts) as Dennis Dupree, the owner of the Bourbon Room, is pretty cool at pulling the musical together, working the audience to join in with the music.

Rock of Ages sure got the audience going singing, clapping, and grooving along to many famous 80’s rock songs, where the show kicked off with, ‘We Built This City.’ A truly entertaining show with a cross between musical, comedy, and theatre with a bit of slapstick panto style banter thrown in! An outstanding hilarious performance as the cast shuffled across the stage to get their moment in the limelight, with comedy often full of innuendos.

Throughout the show, classical rock anthems rolled out, such as, ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’, ‘Can’t Fight this Feeling’, ‘The Final Countdown’, ‘Here I Go Again’, ‘I Want To Know What Love is’, ‘Oh Sherrie’, and ‘Waiting for a Girl Like You’. The songs, closing to one of my favourite inspirational tunes, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’, fed their way into the production at perfect moments in relation to the storyline, and were performed loud and proud by an awesome rocking live band on stage.

Audience members commented that at times some of the singers’ microphones sounded unbalanced, losing some of the lyrics. But that did not stop anyone from thoroughly relishing the show.

Overall, this was an entertaining night where you can transport yourself back to the 80’s to feel Rock vibrate through your soul! A jam-packed, beautifully brought together performance, with awesome comedy, dancing and acting.

Don’t miss out on your chance to Rock with Ages, playing at the Churchill Theatre until; 11th February 2023. Tickets here.

Zeenat Noorani 7th February 2023

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