However it's lovers Drew and Sherrie who really impressed. Luke Walsh was in fabulous form although his ability to hold a note surely must put a massive strain of his vocal chords night after night. He also played the guitar while his duets with Rhiannon Chesterman were absolutely spot on.
Bourbon Room owner Dennis Dupree (Ross Dawes) was a real rocker and had another great powerful voice while my daughter loved the vocals performed by Jenny Fitzpatrick as the Venus Gentleman's Club proprietor Justice.
The talented Ensemble all had their individual parts to play while the awesome five piece band under musical director Liam Hughes (keyboard, two guitars, bass and drums) never missed a beat as they hammered out hits like We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight this Feeling, I Want To Know What Love Is and Don’t Stop Believin’ – they're all played loud and proud.
Rock of Ages takes up every inch of available space on stage which features a massive hanging video screen while there are several references and screen shots pertaining to 1980s movies like Jaws, Star Wars, ET and King Kong.
There's also three different staging levels (designed by Morgan Large) which the whole cast use to great effect. Meanwhile the onstage band are placed right at its heart, all the metal framework and enormous lights (designed by Ben Cracknell) seemingly reminding you that you're attending something akin to a full blown rock concert.
Verdict: The whole cast certainly worked their socks off – especially the band! – while some of the show's comedy moments seemed lost in their delivery. I enjoyed the Second Act far more than the first and with the majority of the audience in raptures at the finale, for me Rock of Ages was not a show I particularly want too revisit anytime soon.
Rock of Ages plays Milton Keynes Theatre until this coming Saturday with tickets still available from the Box Office by calling 0844 871 7652 or online at www.atgtickets.com/MiltonKeynes (booking fees apply).