Rock of Ages Review

Darlington Hippodrome – until 27 November 2021


In the midst of the performance, the character of Drew asks “Who the f*** is Lindsay?” Well this Lindsay was reviewing the show and loving every minute.

Set on Sunset Strip in the 80’s – ish!  Rock of Ages tells the love story between Drew (Luke Walsh) and Sherrie (Rhiannon Chesterman), both looking for fame but finding love. They both work at the Bourbon Room, owned by Dennis Dupree (Ross Dawes), ably helped by Lonny (Joe Gash).  Throw into the mix father and son Germans Franz (Andrew Carthy) and Hertz (Vas Constanti) who want to knock down the Bourbon Room and City Planner Regina (Gabriella WIlliams) who fights their plans.

Obviously the path to true love never runs smoothly and singer Stacee Jaxx (Kevin Clifton) is one of the main obstacles.  Causing a rift between Drew and Sherrie and forcing Sherrie to get a job stripping for Justice (Jenny Fitzpatrick) at her “Gentleman’s Club”

This musical is different though, not just rammed full of iconic rock songs but it breaks the 4th wall.  Having seen Rock of Ages before, I can safely say that Joe Gash is the best Lonny I have seen.  Hilarious and irreverent, he moves the story forward and flirts with the audience (see the aforementioned Lindsay, who was sat on the front row).

The entire cast have some amazing vocal chops, including dancer Kevin Clifton.  But Jenny Fitzpatrick must have a special mention for her outstanding voice.

This is a show full of fun, it’s cheesy, it’s rude, it’s crude and it’s not for children but it is brilliant and an excellent night out.  Catch it Darlington this week or find it on tour.  Seriously – if you miss this show then you will have missed out