Post number 2 for Rock of Ages and welcome to The Sunset Strip!
By day, a hot, busy, mile-and-a-half stretch from Beverly Hills to West Hollywood, nose to tail with traffic. By night, it transforms. The snarling traffic is gone, and replaced by the roar of Harley Davidsons. The street is filled with Rock Stars and Wannabe Rockstars with big hair, big heels and a face full of makeup – and we’re not just talking about the girls. Bartenders pour as much Jack Daniels’ and Coke down their clients throats as possible, whilst those Wannabes rock out on stage in the hope of catching the attention of any music managers who happen to be passing.
Ed Leigh as Lonny Barnett with the cast
Enter Lonny Barnett, the narrator of our story. He introduces the strip, the Bourbon Room – where he works as assistant to bar owner, Dennis Dupree – and most importantly, Drew Boley: a busboy at The Bourbon Room, a Rock Star Wannabe and the Romeo of our story. After a little sing song, Lonny introduces Sherrie Christian: the Juliet of our story, who’s just moved from a small town in Texas to make it ‘big’ in the city.
Elsewhere on the Strip, a pair of German developers approach the city’s Mayor to impress on him the importance of ‘clean living’. Much to the anger of City Planner, Regina, they try to persuade him to abandon the “sex, drugs and rock-n-roll” lifestyle of the Sunset Strip.
Alex Bradbury-Hall as Stacee Jaxx with fan girls
When Dennis learns the plan includes ripping down The Bourbon Room, he believes that bringing in Rock Star/Sex God Stacee Jaxx and his band Arsenal (who’ve just announced their break up) will help raise more money.
Skip ahead a few songs – (I’m not gonna give it all away, but Drew and Sherrie get closer, then further apart, then she leaves – standard ‘love story drama’ 😉 ). Enter Justice Charlier, owner of nearby ‘Venus Club’. Sherrie grudgingly accepts work as the otherwise known ‘gentleman’s club’.
As Act 1 closes, everyone is alone – Drew as an up-coming Rock Star, Sherrie as a dancer, Regina protesting the redevelopment and Dennis trying to save his club. And off you go to bar for a top up, singing ‘Here I Go Again’.
Ensemble in rehearsal for ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’
There, my lovelies, is where I leave you. I don’t want to give too much away, you’ll just have to come and see the show to find out how it ends 😉 It’s not Shakespeare, I know that. But it’s a kick-ass, feel-good Rock show, which, not gonna lie, is hilarious too :’) You’ll be singing along in your seat to CLASSIC 80s anthems (please remember to do a vocal warm up though)… You’ll be having ‘Nothing But a Good Time’ as ‘We Build This City’ in the ‘Shadows of the Night’ – AND ‘Don’t Stop Believing!’ (See what I did there?) 😉 What’s not to love?!
Tickets available from Harrogate Theatre for performances from 18th-21st October:
Until next time,