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Rock of Ages to Rock Ballarat

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By Garry West

Rock of Ages the musical, opens early next month at Her Maj in Lydiard Street. The show debuted on Broadway in 2009 and was a huge success. The Ballarat Lyric Theatre has managed to acquire the first non professional staging rights in Australia and it all begins on March 3rd. The musical is a real feelgood musical love story, full of iconic songs of the 80s. The show opens at the end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, where the party’s have been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, Lace and booze flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality.

Amidst all this madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew, longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist shopping mall. If you loved the music of the 80s then this show is for you. Classic songs include “I Want to Know What Love Is”, “High Enough”, “The Final Countdown”, “We Built This City” and “More Than Words” by hit rockers Foreigner, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Poison, Starship, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake and many more.

Director Stephen O’Neill has assembled a super cast to play the various characters including Keith McNamara, Josh McGuane, Stephen Armati, Erin Shay, Susan Jackson, Abbie Grace, Matt Mercer, Reuben Morgan, Daniel Lamech, Aidan Brady, Samuel Apineru, Matthew Bandy, Aaron Bonnell-Huy, Matthew Henderson, Brad Martin, Dylan Shalless, Olivia Condous, Elanor Davey, Charlotte Hamilton, Siobhan Heenan, Kate Lewis, Georgie Potter, Kimberley Smith, Liam Kelly, Chloe Prendergast and David Harford as Stacee Jaxx the role played by Tom Cruise in the movie. Musical Director is Andy McCalman, Choreographer is David Hartford. Lyric Theatre has initiated a dinner and show package with Sutton’s house of music on Sturt Street. Patrons can buy a voucher at Her Maj box office and collect their show tickets at that time.

They then present the voucher at Sutton’s for a meal before the show on their chosen night. And when they arrive at the theatre they also receive a free program. General Tickets or dinner and show tickets are on sale now through Majestix .The play dates are 3rd March to 13th March. A note the show does include adult themes..