Cast announced for Rock of Ages at Sunderland Empire

It's been announced who will star in Rock of Ages when the smash hit musical head to Sunderland Empire next year.

Rock of Ages is in Sunderland next summer
Rock of Ages is in Sunderland next summer

The tour, which runs in Sunderland from July 23-27 2019, will star Kevin Kennedy as Dennis, Zoe Birkett as Justice, Jodie Steele as Sherrie, Luke Walsh as Drew, Lucas Rush as Lonny, Andrew Carthy as Franz , Vas Constanti as Hertz and Rhiannon Chesterman as Regina, with further casing to be announced soon.

Rock of Ages is an LA love story with more than 25 classic rock anthems.

Kevin Kennedy

The musical comedy, which spawned a Hollywood movie starring Tom Cruise, features songs including We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is, played loud and proud by a live band.


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Actor Kevin Kennedy is probably best known for his portrayal of Curly Watts in Coronation Street. Since leaving the hit soap, he’s appeared in a host of West End shows, including Chicago, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and We Will Rock You.

Zoe Birkett, from County Durham, was the highest placing female contestant in ITV’s Pop Idol, 2002. She most recently appeared as Rachel Marron in the UK tour of the The Bodyguard The Musical. She has also appeared in the West End productions of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and originated the female lead in Thriller Live.

•Tickets for Rock of Ages are available in person at the Box Office on High Street West, from the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 3022* or online at*

Zoe Birkett will star in Rock Of Ages