Many thanks to Suzanne Bunker for the following review...
This comical love story is set on Sunset Strip, Los Angeles in the 1980’s. Everything we relate to the 80’s is in this production. The big hair, the rock god poses, the stadium rock songs, the sleazy clubs and the greedy businessman and all set to 80’s rock music that will have you thumping the air with your fists and waving your Rock of Ages lighters in the air.
The main setting is inside the Bourbon Room, a sleazy rock and roll club on Sunset Strip. The set spreads out into the theatre with a bar in the corner, waiters in the theatre who you can order drinks from throughout the show and the dancers occasionally entering the show via the auditorium.
The dancers are spectacular, their flexibility and fitness to be admired, their costumes portraying the sleaziness and sexiness of their characters beautifully.
The rock god, well what can I say? He is a great mix of Jon Bon Jovi, Steve Tyler, and Bret Michaels (Poison). His costume, his hair his loovvvee for the girls, it’s all so 80’s and all there in one character.
And of course there is the love story. The country girl with a dream to act and the city boy with a dream to rock who meet, fight, love and sing their way to… (you don’t want me to spoil the show do you?)
My only criticism of the show is that the stage is at times too busy. There is digital vision on the screen, and with dancers and actors spread across the stage, there were times when you are not sure where to look. The young lady next to me missed a vital bit of the story during a busy stage moment.
If you Want to Know What Love Is and you Don’t Stop Believing that This City was Built on Rock and Roll then you don’t want to miss this show!
by Suzanne Bunker
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