Melbourne gets set to rock big-hair ’80s style

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We can thank ‘Glee’ for our sudden appreciation of early ’80s-style soft cock-rock. The inclusion of the classic Journey anthem ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ on the popular TV show’s soundtrack has had followers digging out the real thing online. At last count, the band’s live rendition had 7.6 million views on Youtube.

‘Rock Of Ages’ takes up where ‘Glee’ left off. It’s a musical set in an era many of us were born in but fail to appreciate beyond the occasional karaoke session or dress-up party or indeed ‘Gleek’ get-together.

Set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, the story follows rocker wannabe Drew (Justin Burford of End Of Fashion fame) as he falls in love with Sherrie (Aussie theatre veteran Amy Lehpamer) to a soundtrack of iconic rock from the decade that taste forgot (but boy did it deliver some hooky choruses). Featuring music from Whitesnake, REO Speedwagon, Poison, Styx, Twisted Sister, Foreigner, Pat Benatar and more, ‘Rock Of Ages’ promises to be a “feelgood but funny rock’n’roll romance”.

Nominated for five Tony Awards when it first performed in the US, it continues to play sell-out shows on Broadway, across the USA and Canada. It opens in Melbourne on Saturday 9th April at the Comedy Theatre.

Ticket enquiries on 1300 111 011 or www.ticketmaster.com.au