Following a three-year run in London’s West End, audiences around the country will get the chance to watch Rock of Ages The Musical as it embarks on a UK tour, beginning on 5th May at The Palace Theatre, Manchester.
The rock mix-tape musical, set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, tells the story of a small town girl who meets a big city rocker. Celebrating the classic rock culture of the 80s, the couple fall in love to the greatest songs of the decade.
Ben Richards, best known for playing Bruno Milligan in ITV series Footballers Wives, is set to take on the role of rock god Stacee Jaxx. The actor’s West End credits include Guys and Dolls, Saturday Night Fever and The Full Monty, and he also appeared as a regular judge on the BBC’s amateur dance competition, Strictly Dance Fever.
Alongside Richards, Noel Sullivan will play aspiring rocker Drew Boley.Well-known as a member of pop group Hear’Say, Sullivan is currently playing Tick in the UK and Ireland tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and has previously starred as Danny Zuko in Grease and Galileo in We Will Rock You, both in the West End.
The musical’s mix of memorable 80s tunes include We Built This City, The Final Countdown, I Wanna Know What Love Is, Here I Go Again and Don’t Stop Believin’.
Following the musical’s onstage success around the globe, a movie version was released in 2012, starring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Rock of Ages begins on 5th May at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, continues to venues around the UK, and finishes on 22nd November at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London. Group rates apply per venue. For further information, visit www.rockofagestour.com.