THE sweaty, noisy world of punk rock proves an unlikely setting for romance in a new musical at the Finborough Theatre.
Critics in America have already made a big noise about Paul Scott Goodman’s Rooms – A Rock Romance, which is making its European premiere at the Earl’s Court venue.
The show promises to be something of a departure from the bijou theatre’s usual fare, with a live band helping tell a love story spanning Glasgow to New York.
Rooms begins in late 70s Glasgow at the height of punk rock, where Monica, an ambitious Jewish singer-songwriter, meets Ian, a reclusive rocker.
Despite their very different outlooks on life pulling them in very different directions, their passion for punk leads to them becoming entangled both creatively and romantically, taking them from the dingy clubs of Scotland to the glitz and glamour of NYC.
The musical features special recorded guest appearances from former BBC Radio 1 DJ Paul Gambaccini, one of the iconic voices of the 70s, and Paul Kaye, of Dennis Pennis and Game of Thrones fame.
Director Andrew Keates returns to the Finborough after last year’s sell-out production of Passing By, while musical director Mark Warman has previously worked on The Rocky Horror Show at the Royal Court Theatre.
Romantic leads Alexis Gerred and Cassidy Janson have an impressive musical heritage, with the former having played Bobby in West End show Dreamcoats and Petticoats, and Cassidy having appeared in Avenue Q and Wicked.
Goodman, meanwhile, has a lot in common with the couple at the heart of his play. He was born and raised in Glasgow, before moving to New York in the 80s, and was the first recipient of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Best New Songwriter Award. He has also supported the likes of Joan Armatrading and David Essex.
n Rooms – A Rock Musical is at the Finborough Theatre until Saturday, May 18. Tickets, starting at £10, are available at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk or from the box office on 0844 847 1652.