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Rock of Ages Smash It At Sunderland Empire

It’s time to rock Sunderland again as Rock of Ages has arrived! Here from Tuesday 6th September until Saturday 10th of September don’t miss out on the chance to rock out!

I was lucky enough to see Rock of Ages Sunderland last year, however this is a new cast and totally worth seeing again if you have already been. If you haven’t, then your in for a treat!

There is one thing that hasn’t changed, Kevin Kennedy is returning as Dennis Dupree and rightly so as he plays an amazing part. He has done on this smash hit show since 2018.

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You’ll remember him as “curly watts” from Coronation Street but expect your memory of him to be transformed. Kevin has played in many hit musicals across the UK including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and many more.

Rock of Ages is a comedy rock musical set in LA on the sunset strip and tells the story of a wannabee actress and rock star. The show features an incredible 25 classic rock anthems including “we built this city” and “here I go again on my own”. It was a real throwback for me and even if youre not a huge rock fan, there’ll be a few you recognise.

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Joe Gash who plays narrator Lonny teams up with Dennis to form a relationship that makes you laugh and cry and the chemistry on stage is electrifying.

Lonny really brings the energy to the show with audience engagement and comedy throughout! If only i could take him home!

From start to finish we were laughing our socks off and singing along to all the tunes we remember from the late eighties and rock clubs. It was real nostalgia. But as well as the old was new. A soundtrack of songs that you would think made the charts back then too. But the real stars were Drew and Sherrie who were very very good looking…..I mean they had amazing voices!

Sherrie played by Gabriella Williams swept me away every time she hit a note. Then was the dark side of rock and roll that she really got the men’s tongues wagging. Then let’s not forget her other half to be Drew played by Sam Turrell. What a voice! He hit all the high rock notes and made it look easy! He got his experience from played for years around the world on Cruise liners before making it to the west end.

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The music is what stole our heart and keeps us wanting to go back for more. This show will never get old because the songs are ones that will go on in the history of rock. The show has so much laughter and energy that there was so the way you could resist a sing-along and boogie on the last act! The whole theatre was up and dancing. Forget about the film (some hilarious jokes made about that throughout ) but the show is one that is not to be missed!

The show will be at Sunday until Saturday only so be quick to get tickets this time round but also check out its UK tour if you cant make it to Sunderland

*complimentary tickets however opinions are my own

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