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Tonight's The Night @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Published by: Yvonne Delahaye on 5th Mar 2014 | View all blogs by Yvonne Delahaye

With over a hundred million records sold worldwide, Rod Stewart is one of the most successful singer-songwriters of all time.  From his early albums singing folk, rock, R&B and soul, Rod went on to win great acclaim and a prestigious Grammy Award in 2005 for his popular album Stardust..The Great American Songbook Vol 111. Renowned for his raspy, distinctive voice, Rod can sing any genre of music and his old mate Elton John recently described Rod as ‘the second-best rock singer ever’.
There are very few singers with a career spaning 50 years who could write and release a new album entering the UK charts at No 1, but that’s what Rod achieved in 2013 with Time.  It’s a classic rock album, with Rod very much back at the top of his game, proving that at 69 his popularity still continues to grow.  I’ve been a fan of Rod’s since being introduced to his music by my first great love as a teenager, so his music creates some very fond memories for me and I was looking forward to seeing this musical.

Tonight's the Night is a "compilation musical" by comedian Ben Elton, based on the music of Rod Stewart. It opened in October 2003 at the Victoria Palace Theatre, and ran for just over a year.  The show is set in a gas station in the States where shy car mechanic Stu (Ben Heathcote) makes a Faustian pact with the Devil to swap his soul with Rod Stewart’s.  It’s a lighthearted romp interspersed with some of Rod’s greatest hits and hearing the songs sung with a different arrangement, makes you remember just how good some his lyrics are.
Michael McKell makes the most of playing Stoner, a character based on Mick Jagger and manages to upstage everyone whenever he’s on stage!  photo06.jpg
The star of the show for me though is Jade Ewen who plays Dee Dee.  She has such a beautiful tone to her voice and her performance is the most natural and convincing.  Jade represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, achieving 5th place and then joined the girl group, Sugababes.

Personally I can’t say I enjoyed the storyline very much, but it was great to hear some of Rod’s songs again, although I thought the arrangement and belting out of one of my favourite's, This Old Heart of Mine, was a travesty. Still the audience enjoyed singing along with everyone on their feet for the end Megamix: Rhythm of My Heart/Maggie May/What Am I Gonna Do?/Stay with Me/Sailing.

The show continues at The Waterside until Saturday 8th March and the current tour continues into August.

• 3 - 8 Mar
• AYLESBURY Waterside
• 10 - 15 Mar
• BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
• 17 - 22 Mar
• New WIMBLEDON Theatre
• 24 - 29 Mar
• STOKE Regent Theatre
• 31 Mar - 5 Apr
• 14 - 19 Apr
• BROMLEY Churchill Theatre
• 21 - 26 Apr
• 28 Apr - 3 May
• YORK Grand Opera House
• 12 - 17 May
• DERRY Millennium Forum
• 19 - 24 May
• ABERDEEN His Majesty's
• 27 - 31 May
• SHEFFIELD Lyceum Theatre
• 2 - 14 Jun
• GLASGOW King's
• 16 - 21 Jun
• NOTTINGHAM Theatre Royal
• 23 Jun - 5 Jul
• BRISTOL Hippodrome
• 7 - 12 Jul
• OXFORD New Theatre
• 14 - 19 Jul
• NORWICH Theatre Royal
• 21 - 26 Jul
• WOKING New Victoria Theatre
• 28 Jul - 2 Aug
• CANTERBURY Marlowe Theatre

Reviewed by:
Yvonne Delahaye



1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Thanks, Yvonne. I saw this tour a couple of years ago and completely agree with your review.
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