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Rod Stewart musical has the audience swaying at the Regent Theatre

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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After enjoying Rod Stewart music through the decades I was delighted to have the opportunity to recall memories of the rock legends talents when I travelled to the Regent Theatre for the Rod Stewart musical Tonight’s the Night written by Ben Elton.

Following two and half hours of high calibre entertainment, I was certainly not left disappointed by this smash hit West End musical inspired by the songs of a legend.

This all-singing, all dancing show had the large audience swaying to the tunes of the golden years of the Scottish star.

The finale alone was well worth seeing when everyone put on their paper sailors hats, given to people as they entered the theatre, for the famous hit ‘Sailing’ which brought back so many memories for me, but more later?

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The musical tells the story of a shy young man, so tongue tied that he cannot find the courage to declare his love to the girl of his dreams. One night he strikes a deal with the devil, trading his soul for Rod’s.

It seems like a good idea at the time, but he is about to find out the hard way that you can’t find true love using another man’s moves and that, devil or no devil, there’s only one Rod Stewart.

The highly professional cast gave fabulous entertainment with their singing and dancing.

Leads Ben Heathcote as Stuart and Jenna Lee-James as Mary both gave excellent performances with their high quality voices. Their experience shows by the number of television and theatre work they have completed.

Jade Ewen, who played Dee Dee, also showed why she was chosen to represent the UK in the 2009 Eurovision Song contest where she achieved fifth place, making her one of the most successful acts in the last 13 years.

Michael McKell as Stoner put in a great performance and again showing why he has appeared in many top television programmes. His singing and comedy was perfection.

They were backed up by Tiffany Graves as Satan/ Baby Jane and Andy Rees as Rocky who both gave incredible performances.

So to the finale and Sailing. This song was written by the Sutherland Brothers who were based in the Staffordshire Moorlands. They hired Ipstones Memorial Hall for a venue to practice, which was opposite to the house I grew up in. Yes and I heard those magic words many years ago coming out of the building. Little did I know what ‘Sailing’ would lead to? The group recorded it but it was not until it was covered by Rod that it became what it is today.

Get your tickets and head down to the Regent Theatre this week, as the show runs until Saturday. You won’t be disappointed.

Tickets go to www.atgtickets.com/stoke

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