Review: Rock of Ages, Scarborough YMCA

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Let’s rock – that’s the message behind the summer musical from YMCA Productions.

The love story of Drew and Sherrie – two hopefuls living on a prayeri in 1980s LA’s Sunset Strip – is played out against the belting anthems of Def Leppard, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Reo Speedwagon and Poison

Drew dreams of being a rock star and Sherrie leaves her home to seek Hollywood fame. They meet in club on Sunset Strip. As the duo try to build a relationship, developers plot r to bulldoze Sunset Strip and build a smarter environment.

The flimsy framework is there to showcase the songs – and there is no doubt the cast loved playing rock and rebels. Nathan Mundey is outstanding as Drew – he rocks, rolls and is capable of tenderness and vulnerability.

No less impressive is Chelsea Cook as Sherrie – a sweetie who turns into the ultimate rock chick – belting out Don’t Stop Believin’ and delivering the ballad More than Words.

Jakey Newton excels, too, as the immoral rocker Stacee Jaxx and Nicole Wade is excellent as the brainy rebel chick Regina.

Rock of Ages is a move away from the fare the company usually delivers – this is harder, rockier and seedier than, say, Grease or Little Shop of Horrors.

Be prepared for blasts of the Final Countdown, We Built this City, I Want to Know What Love is and Feel the Noize – all delivered at full pelt and high volume by a cast of 25 plus and live band – who do indeed rock.

The show is on at the YMCA Theatre, St Thomas Street, Scarborough, each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, daily at 7.30pm.

Box office: 01723 506750.