Last month, Spabreaks.com gave two lucky spa bookers tickets to see West End musical Rock of Ages, and to meet the show’s star, Shayne Ward. But you know, eight shows a week and all that singing and dancing can be tough on a man, so before enjoying the show we sat down to ask him the important things in life – you know, how do you relax? What’s your favourite spa treatment? – More on that in the video below.
Best known as 2005’s X-Factor winner, this easy-going Mancunian has been performing in the Shaftsbury Theatre’s musical pastiche since July as rock lothario Stacee Jaxx, which will explain the mane of blonde hair (it’s a wig as opposed to an ill-advised fashion statement) and the somewhat chipped black nails (is it rude to recommend a manicure?)
The show itself is a veritable feast of glitter, jazz hands, leather trousers and not so much sexual innuendo as downright dirty jokes providing the backdrop for a medley of eighties musical favourites linked by a seriously tenuous plot … it is, suffice to say, a lot of fun. The show does not pretend to be anything but what it is – sending itself up at every given opportunity with its satirical two dimensional characters and kitsch props – the novelty lighter you are issued with upon entering the theatre to be waved aloft during particularly saccharine anthems being a case in point. It is this humour and the palpable energy that bubbles off the stage and into an all-too-willing audience that makes the show an ideal all-singing, all-dancing winter warmer and a complete mood lifter in these chilly months.
Perhaps the best thing about Rock of Ages however, is the undeniably talented cast. Living up to London’s theatrical heritage the show is an ideal platform upon which the delectable Mr Ward can showcase a few different aspects of the voice that brought him nationwide recognition as well as an opportunity for the rest of us to get a glimpse of what is clearly a mischievous sense of humour. As with the most polished of shows, Ward is supported by an equally talented cast: female lead Amy Pemberton’s performance has received well deserved recognition, and narrator Simon Lipkin effortlessly commands laughter in every scene.
All in all, between the suspenders and the crude overtones, you would think it isn’t one to take your mum to see, but in a funny way it’s for everyone. It’s funny and entertaining and effervescent – and with his tongue firmly in his cheek, even my incredibly high-brow videographer struggled to suppress a giggle or two – which begs the question – what more could you ask for? … A few gratuitous, scantily clad photos of the man in question? … Thought so, so we got those for you as well …
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