Jaxx is Back

Apr 24 2019 | By More

Rock of Ages returns to Playhouse

After a month of Matilda, the Playhouse is getting back to weekly turnarounds from Tuesday 30 April, with the arrival of the Selladoor tour of Rock of Ages.

The Edinburgh dates see boy-band buddy turned Blood Brothers bad-boy, Antony Costa play Stacee Jaxx, a role he is taking over for the April and May dates of the tour, with Kevin Clifton returning to it for July and August.

MGA Academy alumni Rhiannon Chesterman as Regina with the Rock of Ages ensemble. Pic: Richard Davenport

A classic love story set against the backdrop of the LA Sunset Strip in the 1980s, Rock of Ages and its 25 (count ’em) rock anthems inspired the 2012 Hollywood film of the same name starring Tom Cruise.

The core girl-meets-boy situation follows Sherrie, fresh off the bus from Kansas, who has her bag stolen by a random passer-by and then her heart by Drew Boley, a wanna-be rocker who works as a busboy in a famous Hollywood Strip rock joint, the Bourbon Room.

Jodie Steele, who played tragic Carmen Diaz in the 2014 tour of Fame, takes on the role of Sherrie with Luke Walsh as Drew. Lucas Rush is playing Lonny, the narrator of the piece and general manager of the Bourbon Room.


Antony Costa is best known as a member of the hugely successful boyband Blue. His musical theatre credits include Mickey Johnson in the West End production of Blood Brothers, Milton in the UK tour of Sixties musical Save The Last Dance For Me and Roddy O’Neil in Seventies musical Boogie Nights.

Antony Costa as Stacee Jaxx. Pic Tracey Whitefoot

Away from the jukebox musicals, he was most recently seen in Edinburgh playing the role of Roger Meadows in the UK tour of A Judgement in Stone at the King’s in February 2017.

Now he will be playing the luscious Eighties rock god Stacee Jaxx, who has agreed to play one last gig at the Bourbon Room before splitting his band, Arsenal. And who immediately makes rock god eyes for Sherrie.

“He’s cheeky and very sure of himself, especially when it comes to the ladies,” says Costa of the role. “I love it, as it’s so out of my comfort zone and a part I’ve always wanted to play. Stacee Jaxx is so different to how I am normally that it will be fun to explore that kind of character.

“He’s a cocky rock star, determined to go solo from his band, a womaniser and very full of himself!”

Lucas Rush as Lonny and Kevin Kennedy as Dennis. Pic: Richard Davenport

Kevin Kennedy, best known as Coronation Street’s Curly Watts, is playing Dennis, the aged rocker and owner of the Bourbon Room – which is threatened with being bulldozed by German property developer Hertz who is intent on bribing the mayor, buying up the Strip and knocking it down to make clean, efficient living quarters.

Edinburgh MGA Academy alumni Rhiannon Chesterman will be playing Regina, the seemingly uptight metropolitan advisor to the mayor who reveals she once followed the Grateful Dead for six months – and lets down her hair to fight the proposed demolition.

Singer turned actress Zoe Birkett, who was Alexandra Burke’s understudy the last time The Bodyguard played town, will be playing Justice, the owner of the “exotic” dance club where Sherrie ends up. While Vas Constanti will play Hertz with Andrew Carthy as his son Franz.

The tour continues until August.

Listings and links

Rock of Ages
Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014.
Tuesday 30 April – Saturday 4 May 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm, matinees Weds, Sat: 2.30pm
Tickets and details: Book here.

Rock of Ages on tour 2019:
23 – 27 April York
Grand Opera House
0844 871 3024 Book online
30 April – 4 May Edinburgh
0844 871 3014 Book online
7 – 11 May Northampton
Royal & Derngate
01604 624811 Book online
14 – 18 May Swansea
Grand Theatre
01792 475715 Book online
21 – 25 May Woking
New Victoria
0844 871 7645 Book online
28 May – 1 June Wolverhampton
Grand Theatre
01902 42 92 12 Book online
11 – 15 June Leicester
Haymarket Theatre
0116 296 1236 Book online
18 – 22 June Belfast
Grand Opera House
028 9024 1919 Book online
24 – 29 June Canterbury
01227 787787 Book online
2 – 6 July Blackpool
Winter Gardens
0844 856 1111 Book online
8 – 13 July Swindon
Wyvern Theatre
01793 524 481 Book online
16 – 20 July Southampton
02380 711811 Book online
23 – 27 July Sunderland
Empire Theatre
0844 871 3022 Book online
29 July – 3 Aug Leeds
Grand Theatre
0844 848 2700 Book online

Zoe Birkett as Justice with the Rock of Ages Company. Pic Richard Davenport


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