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Hot under the collar performances at The Regent Theatre's Rock of Ages

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

By Olivia Hine

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From Vegas to Broadway to the Regent Theatre, this award winning smash hit musical has rocked all over the world.

On Tuesday night, Rock of Ages at The Regent Theatre had every member of the audience out of their seats with their hands in the air after an exhilarating performance. A well deserved standing ovation!

The tour is at the Regent Theatre in Stoke until Saturday (July 19) for six days of rock ‘n’ roll.

Featuring songs of rock from the 80’s such as Just Like Paradise, Nothin’ But A Good Time, We Built This City and the grand finale of Don’t Stop Believin’, the show is set on the infamous strip of L.A where rock n roll owns the streets and businesses. Then in comes Hertz Klinemann and his son Franz who demolish it all and want to erase rock. Alongside this narrative there are also several love stories and even a naughty little scene in a bathroom cubicle.

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Stealing the show was narrator Lonny, performed by Stephen Rahman-Hughes, who has made appearances on Emmerdale, Doctors and Bad Girls. He had the audience in stitches, especially the ladies on the front row who were on the receiving end of a lot of overly crude flirtations.

Expecting a pop band style performance from Hearsay’s very own Noel Sullivan, it was a pleasant surprise to hear such an incredible voice and a true performance of his love struck, rock star wannabe character Drew. The other part of the love story is Sherrie played by Cordelia Farnworth who fitted together like chips and cheese after a night rocking and rolling.

A memorable performance from the show is Cordelia and Rachel McFarlane, who played Mama Justice Charlier owner of the Venus Gentlemen’s Club, who performed a heart felt rendition of Every Rose Has it’s Thorn originally by Poison and had the audience joining in and a gigantic round of applause at the end.

Another mesmerising performance came from the Footballers Wives, The Bill and Holby City’s star Ben Richards who played the glamorous playboy Stacee Jaxx, front man of the popular rock band Arsenal. He had the audience hot under the collar with his seductive performance of Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead or Alive covered in exotic dancers and in tight leather pants and a cowboy hat.

It would be wrong not to give a whole paragraph dedicated to the band; Pierce Tee, Ashley Williams, Andy Gammon, Gary Liedeman and Alex Marchisone. The three front men were stood on stage and even joining in with the odd line throughout the play. They gave an incredible performance and were high-class musicians.

It truly deserves its high recommendations and even if rock isn’t your thing it is definitely a must see.

FOR tickets to see Rock of Ages at The Regent Theatre, running every night until Saturday (July 19), go online www.atgtickets.com/venues/regent-theatre.

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