Fronted by the likes of Justin Lee Collins and Shane Ward, the musical celebrating the AOR/hair metal scene of LA’s Sunset Strip is as bright, gaudy and cheesily amusing as you’d expect. Hence, as the cast own, there were “poop jokes” aplenty, big hair, plenty of make-up, and that was just the blokes. The gals, of course, were clad, just about, in stripper-chic, and guest, Pussycat Dolls’ Kimberley Wyatt, was on hand to intro festivities and appear in the finale, by which time the all-ages crowd were on their feet singing Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’.
It was preceded by rock anthems like Slade’s Cum On Feel The Noize and Night Ranger’s Sister Christian, while the story, predictably, and self-deprecatingly, revolved around young lovers meeting, drifting apart and making up, to the backdrop of a Styx/Queen template of corporate villains killing music. Cue We Built This City, much dancing, hot licks from ex-Hot Leg axeman Pete Rinaldi, and singalongs to the likes of Foreigner’s Waiting For A Girl Like You and Survivor’s The Search Is Over. If you savour rock brie, two hours of pure fondue fun.