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Rod Stewart musical makes a splash after it sails its way into Norwich

PUBLISHED: 08:35 15 July 2014 | UPDATED: 08:35 15 July 2014

Tonight's the Night.

Tonight's the Night.

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Tonight’s the Night,

Norwich Theatre Royal

He is a rock and pop icon whose songs have inspired generations of fans over many decades.

And now 25 of those hits have formed the basis for a musical which, having proved a West End smash, has sailed its way into Norwich’s Theatre Royal.

The Rod Stewart musical Tonight’s the Night opened in the city last night for the start of a week-long run.

An impressive back catalogue of Rod’s hits was played out in front of an adoring audience.

Maggie May, Sailing, Hot Legs, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy, Baby Jane and Tonight’s the Night were among the songs which made up this magical musical.

But the songs were only part of the story.

Written by Ben Elton, whose 
credits include Blackadder and 
The Young Ones, the show was not just a musical hit, but a comic smash too.

The show’s hero, Stuart (Ben Heathcote), is a shy, geeky-type who struggles to pluck up the courage to win over the girl of his dreams Mary (Jenna Lee-James).

It is a far cry from the strutting, confident figure cut by ladies’ man Rod Stewart whose songs he sings.

But a ‘devil-induced’ transformation brings the bad boy of rock out in Stu who then rules the road.

On tour he hooks up with his band featuring Stoner (Ricky Rojas) a hilarious rock’n’roll stereotype whose Jagger-esque tones and sublime comic timing brought some glorious light to the shady antics of the show’s womanising lead.

Powerful vocals, stunning staging and slick choreography also hit the high notes in a smash hit of a musical.

Peter Walsh

Tonight’s the Night runs at the Norwich Theatre Royal until Saturday.

To find out more, or to buy tickets. call the theatre box office on 01603 630000.

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