No matter where you sit in The Hawth Theatre you are guaranteed a good view of the stage, which is brilliant because I definitely didn’t want to miss a second of this fabulous show.
I have seen Rock of Ages before but it was a few years back so I was intrigued to see it again to see if anything had been changed and because if I’m honest I wanted to see Kevin Clifton as Stacee Jaxx. I was intrigued.
This musical has it all. The music, all the 80’s rock classics played by a fantastic live band, the set, a great cast (all of them superb), great 80’s costumes, choreography, humor and a llama! Like I said it had it all, even Curly bloody Watts (Kevin Kennedy) who is hilarious as The Bourbon Room owner Dennis.
Lonny (Lucas Rush) had to be my favourite of the show. As the narrator he brought great humour and storytelling, he had impeccable comic timing. He kept the laughs coming and the audience joining in (Hey Anne). Then to top it all off he had a great pair of…………lungs.
That man can sing.
Sherri was played by the amazing Jodie Steele, I was lucky enough to see her in Heathers when it transferred to the West End so when I saw she was cast as Sherrie I knew she would be perfect. Her vocal talent alone is mind blowing.
Luke Walsh plays Drew he is another one with a great pair of lungs! His voice I could listen too on repeat. Honestly I’m not joking when I say this cast is phenomenal. Luke and Jodie share great chemistry on stage making their characters likable and believable.
The humor can be a little risque but that’s the point, it’s the 80’s, it’s rock n roll, anything goes. Also if you know the story or have seen the film you know what to expect, if not just enjoy the ride and don’t take it too seriously. Rock of ages is definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s a deliciously raunchy, rock n roll 80’s night out, with great costumes, staging, chorography and cast. In my opinion its not one to be missed.
Now onto Kevin Clifton, did he make a good Stacee Jaxx?
I must admit I had my reservation when taking my seat, I mean I know he can dance but can he sing? Can he be the bad boy that this character needs him to be?
The answer is hell yes! As soon as he came out on stage all my reservations disappeared. This man can belt out a tune and act the bad boy. He makes you hate him and want him all at the same time. He is definitely not the Kevin you know from Strictly, he is Stacee Jaxx, he takes on the character and plays it well. For me he played it perfectly.
All the cast in my eyes were perfect. From Zoe Birkett as Justice to Alexander Day as Franz, I could list them all but this blog has to end at some point, just know that everyone who works on this tour are all amazing.
It’s a good night out with lots of laughs and lots of wanting to sing your heart out. You really don’t want to miss it, if I could go again I would.
The Rock of ages UK Tour is at The Hawth Theatre Crawley until the 23rd February.
Don’t miss out!