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Last night (14 September) a Whatsonstage.com theatre group of 180 (many in suitably rock T-shirts) descended on the Shaftesbury Theatre for a trip back to the 1980’s with the jukebox musical comedy, Rock of Ages, starring chat show host Justin Lee Collins and X Factor winner, Shayne Ward.

The hit Broadway musical, which only transferred to the West End this month, is set on LA’s Sunset strip in the “mid- to late- eighties”. Drew, Oliver Tompsett (Wicked) and Sherrie,  - usually played by Amy Pemberton (Jersey Boys) but last night played by Natalie Andreou - chase their dreams of stardom , set to a background of rock hits from the decade such as “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, “The Final Countdown” and “Don’t Stop Believin’”. It is a love story in the midst of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

On arrival we were all given free “lighters” which we were to light up and sway in the air when the mood felt right (during the heart-felt songs). This set the tone for a light hearted and relaxed evening with a convert feel, this atmosphere being helped by the availability of beer being served direct to your seat throughout the show.

There was interaction with the audience – including a mention to us Whatsonstage.com matchmakers and some lucky (or unlucky) audience members in the stalls. There was also a cheeky self-awareness, with mentions to the writers of the show, other West End shows and topical eighties news references.

The production is all out glitter and wigs. At one point we were concerned about the amount of pyrotechnics so near to such a vast amount of synthetic material, but there are also streamers, confetti and lasers to provide a visual kaleidoscope. It is a completely feel-good night, which was rounded off with a meet and greet for the Whatsonstage.com crowd, with almost the full cast joining us in the foyer bar to chat about the productions, their cast mates and the fun of the show as a whole.

As always, please feel free to email your comments and thoughts about the show, as well as any of your favourite photos from last night to feedback@whatsonstage.com so we can add them to our facebook page! We would love to hear.

Katherine Graham
Whatsonstage.com Internship Programme


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