British rock ’n’ roll is once again invading the colonies with the debut of “London Rocks” at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.” The new show that mixes live singing and dancing with stunning lighting and animation effects takes audiences back in time to when British rock infiltrated our culture and forever changed music.
London Rocks officially opens to guests May 23, but the park offered a sneak peek of the show to invited media and select guests a week early. It’s a 27-minute multi-media stage show, featuring a img class=”aligncenter” src of live singers, musicians, and dancers whose performances are enhanced by an immersive and interactive set that transports guests to the heyday of British rock.
Video: London Rocks show highlights at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Through the lyrics and music of songs made famous by British artists in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, London Rocks tells the story of Lucy and Guy, a young couple who finds love in a record store, as they navigate through the victories and trials of life and love.
Show director Sam Buntrock said they wanted to capture the phenomenon of rock’n’roll in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s and the lasting effect music has on our lives and culture. “It was about the innovation of music and about how we tell the stories of our lives,” said Buntrock.
The show scenes demonstrate the different ways we use music to express our emotions, whether it is love or frustration. The featured songs bring those expressions to life. “Music brings us together more than anything else in our culture,” he added.
The songs for London Rocks were carefully selected to tell the story, pay tribute to the era, and feature a variety of artists, such as Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, and – of course – the Beatles. While the songs capture the audience’s attention and hearts, they don’t always move the story forward effectively. However, they are always fun and upbeat, and they appeal to a wide variety of audiences.
In addition to the songs, the stage, with its animated effects, is its own character in the show. For London Rocks, the Globe Theatre’s stage was completely redone to display the transformation of London after rock’n’roll was introduced. The transformation is facilitated by five state-of-the-art projectors, emitting 110,000 lumens, which produce custom video animation that shifts and turns with the scenes.