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February 14, 2013

'Rock of Ages' gears up for Montreal run

MONTREAL — Cue the big hair and air guitar; here’s a rock ‘n’ roll love story for the ages.

Theatre St. Denis presents the Broadway smash-hit musical “Rock of Ages” for an eight-performance run beginning Tuesday, Feb. 26. The show follows the tale of rock-star wannabe/big-city boy Drew and small-town girl Sherrie in pursuit of their dreams in Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, circa the late 1980s. The musical includes 28 iconic ‘80s rock-era anthems, including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Every Rose Has its Thorn,” “I Wanna Know What Love is,” “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” and “We’re Not Gonna Take it.”

“‘Rock of Ages’ is about a young guy who pursues his dreams of becoming a rock star,” said Dominique Scott, who plays the lead character, Drew. “But he’s limited by his insecurities. He’s a bit shy, he’s lonely. But inside, he’s a true rock star.”

Along his ride to stardom, Drew meets Sherrie. But things don’t always go as planned.

“By the end of the show, we see Drew eventually grow into the man he was supposed to be,” Scott said. “But he needs to choose: rock star or the girl?”

Scott said the main premise of the show is to “keep on pursuing your dreams, whatever they may be.”

“And if they change, that’s OK, too,” he said.

Scott was born in 1988, and said he didn’t need too much of a musical learning curve when it came to the songs in the show. Scott’s father was a rock star in his own right as the lead guitarist during the 1970s and ‘80s in a European-based band called Hollow Spirit, which toured Germany, England and France and sold out 10,000-seat venues.

“My dad literally lived that lifestyle during his 20s,” Scott said.

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