Bristol Hippodrome

Rock of Ages

April 2019

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It's only rock 'n' roll but I like it

Smash hit musical Rock of Ages is playing at the Bristol Hippodrome this week and is billed as 'serious rock ‘n’ roll debauchery'.

From boy-band to bad-boy, Antony Costa rocks the infamous role of Stacee Jaxx.

Antony who is best known as one quarter of hugely successful band Blue, plays the fictional rock legend alongside Kevin Kennedy, Zoe Birkett, Jodie Steele, Luke Walsh, Lucas Rush, Andrew Carthy, Vas Constanti and Rhiannon Chesterman in the ultimate 1980s rock ‘n’ roll musical.

Retired primary school teacher and former Nailsea Town Council chairman Clare Hunt went along to review the show for Nailsea People on press night.

She said: "Anyone who saw Rock of Ages at the Bristol Hippodrome had the pleasure of witnessing a perfect action-packed production.

"From beginning to end Chris D'Arienzo's story was told with gusto using epic and enduring songs and narration which immediately engaged the audience and maintained the connection until the end.

"Dennis, played by Kevin Kennedy, was so much more than a narrator however, and he took the audience with him as the scene was set in 1987 Sunset Strip - the perfect venue for those following their dreams.

 "Here two characters find themselves in the same bar - aspiring actress Sherrie, played with inspiration by Jodie Steele and would-be rock star Drew, whose real-life talent shone through, played by Luke Walsh.

"However, despite the obvious chemistry between the couple, love never runs smooth - especially when father and son Hertz and Franz - two German property developers - played with great humour by Andrew Carthy and Vas Constanti, do a deal with the mayor to change the neighbourhood.

" Hence the hopeful young lovers lose more than their relationship as their dreams of reaching the top turn to the nightmare of hitting rock bottom!

"Of course, hope is never lost and as the protest against change cleverly led by Regina, brilliantly performed by Rhiannon Chesterman, gives the hope that true love may prevail in the end.

"But what a journey as we meet has been rock star Stacey Jaxx, skilfully characterised by Antony Costa, and witness his seedy actions and events that his fans are all too keen to follow.

"Sherrie becomes one of them and, when discarded by him, loses hope of making her way through acting turning to a less wholesome way of making a living.

"Despite witnessing life at its worst, the audience retains sympathy for all the characters and clearly as twists and turns bring the couple together and the bar is saved, there is pleasure found by the audience and their happiness is quickly displayed.

"The choreography, set, lighting and use of photography all play their part in telling the story and as it unfolds with brave choices of setting everyone stayed on board throughout.

"As the show came to its conclusion the characters and audience became as one.

"Everyone was on their feet singing, clapping and moving to the beat produced by the wonderful musicians.

"The response of those present showed enormous appreciation to all who gave them a night they will remember for a very long time."

With more than 25 classic rock anthems and set in LA you can lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true is playing at the city centre theatre until Saturday, April 20.

For further information, including performance times and ticket prices and to book online click HERE.