Review: Rock of Ages rock-concert-comedy-musical hits all the right notes (now through 2/24 at 5th Avenue Theatre)

Review by Keridwyn Deller:
If you like music from 80s bands such as Styx, Whitesnake, Poison, Foreigner, Joan Jett, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, and more, get your tickets to what will likely be one of your favorite musical productions: Rock of Ages at The 5th Avenue Theatre.

The cast of this rock-concert-comedy-musical is stunning and brings the show to life like no other production of this show I’ve seen. Sherrie is played by Diana Huey who makes hitting those notes seem easy (you may recognize her from her performance as The Little Mermaid – she’s fantastic) – Huey makes the character very likable (which isn’t always the case in how this role has been performed in other productions).

Her love interest is played by Galen Disston (from Seattle band Pickwick – now I get what all the buzz about this musician is about! Wow!  Music fans of Starship/Jefferson Starship will recognize musician Mickey Thomas in the role of Dennis. Great casting all around. The whole ensemble truly rocks.

So does the lighting and set (the set has some fantastic built-in surprises, wait for it!). And the costumes and wigs deserve their own applause: so often this type of show will feature costumes/wigs that are cartoonish – not the case here. Look for some fun details in the costumes which will delight true 80s fans (thanks to my theatre date Joy for pointing some of them out to me!).

The star of the show is Dane Stokinger who just NAILS the role of the narrator Lonny. He OWNS it. You can feel the audience get a little bit of giddy anticipation each time he came back on stage, which, lucky for us, is often. There is a balance, flow, and connection in the cast that makes the show work so well – you get the feeling that everyone truly has fun working together to create this piece of pure entertainment. Special shout outs to Brandon O’Neill for being the rock star you love to hate, Nik Hagen for bringing the charm, and Trina Mills for being so much fun to watch in every number she’s in.

My only question is: why didn’t a kiss (only a hug?) didn’t happen between two characters like it has in other productions?!

Treat yourself. Use code DOWNTOWN for performances on 2/13 and 2/14 and get a huge discount on tickets ($20 each for great seats!)

Show runs now through February 24, 2019. Tickets and info here.

Rock of Ages at The 5th Avenue hits all the right notes and will have you smiling for days.

Can I go back again before it closes? Really, I want to. This particular production has claimed a spot in my Top-10 shows I’ve seen live (and that’s saying a lot).

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Photos by Tracy Martin

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Giveaway! Enter to win two tickets to “Restaurant After Hours” at Seattle Aquarium

“Eat. Meet. Repeat.” The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is bringing back one of their most popular networking & food events this month and now is your chance to enter to win two tickets to the event!
Network with other Seattle-area folks and enjoy bites from local businesses including Mt. Townsend Creamery, Honest Biscuit, The Confectional, Ivar’s, and much more. Plus, this event takes place in a dynamic venue: the Seattle Aquarium. This 2019 event is Wednesday, February 27 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. You can snag early-bird priced tickets now (price goes up on February 20).
Want to enter to win two tickets?
You can enter on Facebook and Instagram! <— Check out these links to enter.
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Giveaway ends 2/11/19 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Giveaway is not sponsored by Facebook or Instagram.

GIVEAWAY: J’ADORE! A Burlesque Valentine (Feb 8 -14 at The Triple Door)

The Atomic Bombshells (one of THE best burlesque troupes) are back with their Valentine’s show J’ADORE! A Burlesque Valentine.

Their giveaway ends tonight but there is still time to enter. You can enter via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any combination of those sites! ENTER HERE. 

Learn more about the show J’ADORE! which plays The Triple Door Feb 8 – 14, 2019 here.

 

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Giveaway: Toast of Seattle (Networking Event)

There are few events that will get me out of bed earlier than my regular routine requires. Toast of Seattle is one of those special events! This Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce networking event returns January 25 (this time at Residence Inn Seattle Downtown). Read on for your chance to get a FREE ticket to join me for this wonderfully formatted networking event.

Why is Toast of Seattle so special? It’s format. You start by finding a table to sit at while you enjoy breakfast. Then, after some opening remarks, you network in a “speed-dating” inspired way: each person has 2 minutes to talk about their business. At the end of the round, everyone changes tables (you open up an envelope that shows you what table to go to next, no decision making required) and starts again. They guarantee you meet over 20 people in 2 hours. The structure makes networking efficient, productive, fun, and easy.

I’ve made some wonderful connections at past Toast of Seattle events. The style of the networking event takes a lot of the pressure off that can come with more open-format mixing and mingling. It’s a really delightful way to start your day!

Are you looking to network more in 2019? Enter to win a ticket to January 25th’s Toast of Seattle!

To enter:

  1. Use this link to visit their webpage & read more details about the event and venue
  2.  Comment on the SeattlePockets Facebook post here. You can comment by sharing what benefits you’re looking for from networking, a little about your business, tag a friend, or just write “I’m interested!”

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Giveaway ends 1/16/19 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Winner will be contacted 1/17/19. Prize is 1 ticket to Toast of Seattle in January, cannot be exchanged or refunded.

 

Giveaway: Burlesque Alice in Wonderland at The Triple Door

One of the most delightful burlesque productions, Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland returns to The Triple Door April 26 – May 6, 2018!

Want to enter to win 2 tickets to the 7:30pm show on April 26 (Opening Night)?

To enter:

  • RSVP “Interested” or “Going” on their Facebook Event Page
  • Comment on my Facebook post here and tag a friend!

Giveaway ends 4/21/18 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Purchase tickets here.

About the show:

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Through The Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland
Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann have both gone mad… mad as March Hares, that is! In their 10th annual re-imagination of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of nonsense and fantasy, follow Alice as she discovers what wonders lie beyond the velvet rope at Wonderland’s most exclusive nightclub, The Looking Glass and attempts to best the evil Queen of Hearts to become the next ruler of Wonderland. New this year, Through The Looking Glass features the debut of Jasper McCann’s original musical score performed live by a jazz/rock ensemble. Inspired by hard-bop, psychedelia, go-go, and Indian Raga-pop recordings of the mid-60’s, McCann’s new arrangements set the mood for dance performances that combine classical ballet and jazz with bawdy burlesque beauty.

Young Professionals of Seattle 7th anniversary party (networking event)

Want to network? There’s a big, fancy, fun party happening Saturday, March 10 at the W Hotel in downtown Seattle! The Young Professionals of Seattle group is celebrating their 7th anniversary with a swanky networking event. Open to people ages 21-40+ (includes those “young at heart”). This event tends to sell out so get your tickets now.

I am bummed that I can’t attend this year due to a prior commitment, but wanted to make sure you all heard about it so you wouldn’t miss out. Be sure to come back to my blog or Facebook page to let me know how your night was partying at the W Hotel in downtown Seattle!

About the event (in their own words):

7 years.  1 night.  Party In Style.  That’s how we roll. Can you believe it’s been seven years? We’ve tasted the finest whiskeys, worked out, volunteered and almost shut down several bars just by networking in masses. For our “regulars” and newbies alike, your dedication to YPOS is EVERYTHING! Whether you know it or not, you’ve helped us grow and become a thriving organization, one event at a time, seven years in a row. So let’s celebrate, by getting fancy and dancing like maniacs, for a night you’ll never forget.

Our promise for the night is a perfect mixture of 500(ish) Young Professionals and ambiance, sprinkled with a few special YPOS-esque surprises, that’ll create a fun (and sparkly) party to celebrate our favorite people . . . YOU!

If you go, be sure to check out the offers in the digital swag bag! Yup, DIGITAL swag bag with great offers from local businesses. Such a great idea!

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Giveaway: Seattle Wine & Food Experience Grand Tasting in February

One of the most delicious and delightful weekends of the year returns February 22 – 24! The Seattle Wine & Food Experience will have you enjoying delicious bites and sips from incredible wineries, restaurants, food purveyors, and more. This tasty weekend offers three events: Comfort, Pop! Bubbles & Seafood, and The Grand Tasting! Here’s what The Stranger’s Julianne Bell had to say: “This annual extravaganza of all things edible and drinkable is an ode to gluttony in three parts. First up is Comfort, a festival of “feel-good foods and crafty brews,” complete with bars for French fries, Bloody Marys, hot toddies, and milk and cookies. Next, POP! Bubbles and Seafoodcapitalizes on the felicitous pairing of bubbles and bivalves with a celebrity shucking contest and over 30 sparkling wines from around the world. Finally, the Grand Tasting will showcase local and regional wines, beer, cider, spirits, and tastes from big-name Seattle chefs, with plenty of opportunities to watch demonstrations and meet artisan food producers.”

Want to enter to win 2 General Admission tickets to The Grand Tasting? OF COURSE YOU DO!

Enter to win on the giveaway form here: http://gvwy.io/9dey39m. 

(Hint, since you’re already here on the post, comment here to get entries in the giveaway, then visit the giveaway form).

What booth are you most excited to visit during the Grand Tasting?!

Learn more about this weekend of amazing events on the Seattle Wine & Food Experience on their website.

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