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Alice Cooper in Rock of Ages for One Performance at the Shaftesbury Theatre

Thursday, 16th Aug 2012  

American Rock Star Take to the Stage of the West End Musical for One Night Only

It’s been a while since the well known musical “Rock Of Ages” was in the news – notwithstanding the movie version that hit cinemas earlier in the year – but now it has found itself in the spotlight courtesy of BBC News, who report on a surprise appearance from a world famous American rock star.

During the performance of Tuesday 14th August 2012, Alice Cooper took to the stage of the Shaftesbury Theatre to join the cast of the blockbuster musical.

Cooper is well known for a wide variety of songs and albums that he has released throughout his career and few could forget his cameo appearance in the original “Wayne’s World” movie, in which the main characters declared they were ‘not worthy’. Most recently he released the album “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” in 2011, a follow up to 2008’s “Along Came a Spider” and 2005’s “Dirty Diamonds”. Prior to that his debut release was 1969’s “Pretties for You” and another of his albums was “Welcome to My Nightmare” from 1975.

Meanwhile, “Rock of Ages” is perhaps the most suitable West End show to feature the likes of Cooper as it is a show that demonstrates glam rock. Those with theatre tickets are introduced to the characters of Sherrie and Drew, the former a small town girl and the latter an LA rocker and it is their mutual love of the music genre that allows them to embark on a whirlwind romance. But as this is a musical audiences are also treated to many 1980s hit songs from the likes of Bon Jovi, Poison, Whitesnake and more, from “I Wanna Rock” to “The Final Countdown”.

The last time that “Rock of Ages” was in the news from at the beginning of last month when its latest booking extension was revealed, with it and “Thriller Live” adding new dates into 2013. The show originally opened last August.

So “Rock of Ages” continues at its home of the Shaftesbury Theatre and is currently booking to Sunday 17th February 2013.

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