A reviews round-up of Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The smash-hit Broadway musical comes to the Shaftesbury Theatre starring Shayne Ward and Justin Lee Collins.
Average rating score for this production:
"It's a very peculiar show indeed, with an unvarying and unpleasant tone of careless sexualisation. Rock'n'roll debauchery is presented as the pure and innocent way of dreamers"
"This is as unpleasant a pile of theatrical poo as it has ever been my misfortune to tread in. Yet another in the apparently endless parade of mindless jukebox musicals"
"[Shane] Ward, X Factor winner in 2005, and TV presenter Justin Lee Collins, as bar owner Dennis, are the headline names, but they feature little, mercifully so in Lee Collins's case. Instead it's largely left to the helpless Pemberton and Tompsett to grind through 31 identical-sounding songs. If you can't make Cum On Feel The Noize zing, you're scuppered."
"More a mixtape than a juke-box musical, it manages to both glory in and lampoon the clichés of the rock genres it's built on, with knowing nods to Axl Rose and David Lee Roth, and the odd X-rated joke about groupies and ping-pong balls, and wipes the floor with the Queen vehicle."
"Not every theatregoer seeks intellectual stimulation at the end of a working day. Some just want to be amused and given a couple of cold beers. This schlock-rock goofabout may be the thing for them."
Date: 28 September 2011
Written by: WestEndTheatre
Tags: Amy Pemberton, Justin Lee Collins, Oliver Tompsett, Rock of Ages, Shaftesbury Theatre, Shayne Ward, Simon Lipkin