Ever since Ben Elton’s rock-schlock travesty We Will Rock You!, any musical with ‘rock’ in its title has been treated with the highest degree of suspicion. Regardless, South African show Rock On! Beethoven has been hugely popular in its home nation, despite the cringe-inducing storyline that has Beethoven return to earth ‘with a ghetto blaster on his shoulder, to rock on to modern-day pop hits’ – namely those of Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, and, um, Katy Perry.
Rock On! Beethoven is at First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah on Wednesday 18-Monday 23.