Review: Rockstar

What is the true cost of fame? This LGBTQ+ musical asks how far are you willing to go for fame and success.

Review: Rockstar

Rockstar is a new musical exposing the issues that come with being a public figure and having fame. The story features two songwriters, Jack and Billy, who are forced by their agent to recruit a new female singer. This brings upon many romantic tensions and forces the band members to really consider how far they are willing to go for fame and success. 

I really enjoyed the musical. I was sitting on the edge of my seat and I loved the drama that was constantly unravelling. It was quite cheesy and predictable but I really liked that. The piece touches on some darker or heavier themes such as miscarriages, bi-erasure and drug and alcohol misuse. The fun and slightly cringey nature of the piece was a nice catharsis. 

The music within the show was good. The songs were really strong and interesting, but at times I did think they were all quite similar to each other, and the vocals occasionally seemed a bit off. However, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the show. Olly Medlicott, the writer of the music in Rockstar, did a great job with the songs overall. My favourites were the slower, more acoustic-like songs.

The characters in the show were amazing. I was on the edge of my seat desperate to find out more about their story. I loved the twists and turns. The story was exciting, fun and the characters felt real with their own flaws and their own moments of character development. I particularly loved Billy (I spent the entire show rooting for him). 

Overall, I had a really great time at the show. It was the sort of show that immerses you in the characters' lives and it was overall a very feel-good musical.

Header Image Credit: Brighton Fringe

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Amy-Louise Tilley

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Just a 25 year old from Brighton, reviewing shows at Brighton Fringe

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