Whatever thought comes immediately to mind when hearing about the international hit musical comedy "Rock of Ages," the operative word here is rock.
The second national touring cast (the show continues to run on Broadway, with additional productions in Toronto, Australia, London and South Korea) appears Sunday at Wolf Trap's Filene Center.
"Rock of Ages" commands the stage as a feel-good, rock 'n' roll love story unfolding through 28 classic rock songs from the 1980s. Fans of the era's best bands such as Journey, Styx and REO Speedwagon will think they died and went to jukebox, glam-metal heaven.
The plot is an age-old, musical scenario: small town girl with dreams of stardom meets big city slicker. They fall in love, are almost parted, before ending up happily reunited. Set that story on the Sunset Strip of 1987 and "Rock of Ages" does, indeed, rock.
|'Rock of Ages'|
|Where: Wolf Trap's Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna|
|When: 8 p.m. Sunday|
|Info: $42 in-house, $25 lawn; 877-WOLFTRAP (965-3872); wolftrap.org|
Dominique Scott plays hero Drew Boley, who he calls "a 23-year-old trying to be a rock star."
"I truly believe that a [lead role] doesn't get better than Drew in 'Rock of Ages.' " he said. "At least for me, and where [I am] in my life right now. I love improv, and getting to fool around with the audience is, in fact, one of my favorite aspects in getting to do [the show] every day."
Band members include guitarists Chris Cicchino and Maddox, drummer Alan Childs and bass player Andy Gerold. Bryan McAdams, who recently completed national tours of "Billy Elliot" and "Grease," is the show's music director, keyboard player and conductor.
Audiences will hear '80s favorites such as "The Final Countdown," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Renegade," "I Want to Know What Love Is" and -- most fitting for the show's happy ending -- "Don't Stop Believin'."
Thrilled that the tour is going so well, that the cast has visited so many great places, and that the show is just so much fun to do each and every night, Scott and the cast share favorite funny audience stories.
"A couple of weeks back, in my very serious scene with [character] Lonny, he asks me, 'What's really gonna make you happy, Drew?' and in complete silence, about 10 rows back, some woman shouted in, 'me!' Lonny and I slowly turned our attention to her, and the entire theater erupted in laughter. ... Awesome."