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'Rock of Ages takes you back in time' - Noel Sullivan loves new role in hit musical

PUBLISHED: 14:51 25 April 2014 | UPDATED: 14:51 25 April 2014

Noel Sullivan stars alongside Ben Richards as Drew Boley. Photo credit: Manuel Harlan

Noel Sullivan stars alongside Ben Richards as Drew Boley. Photo credit: Manuel Harlan

Manuel Harlan

Audiences are in for treat when Rock of Ages comes to Bromley's Churchill Theatre in June if actor Noel Sullivan is to be believed.

The hit show will leave the West End - where it has been performed for the last three years - to tour around the UK this summer, starting in Manchester on Monday (5).

Sullivan, who has just finished playing Tick in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, will play Drew Boley in the Chris D’Arienzo-written production, described as the “ultimate rock mix-tape musical”.

Rock of Ages features 30 memorable tunes such as “We Built This City”, “The Final Countdown”, “I Wanna Know What Love Is” and “Don’t Stop Believin”.

Speaking ahead of the Manchester show, Sullivan says: “It has been fantastic to be busy recently. We are currently in week four of rehearsals and ready to go to Manchester where we open.

“It is definitely a fun show – you come to escape and hear amazing vocalists. I know that people will go nuts for it.

“It is a party show and people will expect big numbers.”

Sullivan first hit stardom with pop group Hear’Say - part of the first series of Popstars back in 2001.

More recently, though, he has appeared as Galileo in We Will Rock You and Danny Zuko in Grease – two other hit West End musicals.

“I was a child of the 80s not a teenager of the era. I remember the music, though,” adds the Cardiff-born actor.

“Rock of Ages takes you back in time – it has that corny 80s feel. It is an amazing set list and there are loads of brilliant anthem numbers.”

Rock of Ages runs from Monday June 16 to Saturday June 21 at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley High Street, Bromley, BR1 1HA. Performances start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Tickets cost between £17.90 to £45.90.

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