Dominique Scott ready for this week's 'Rock of Ages' Broadway in Chicago return

2011-11-07T00:00:00Z 2012-08-28T11:14:23Z Dominique Scott ready for this week's 'Rock of Ages' Broadway in Chicago returnBy Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

Dominique Scott had no problem joining the latest "Rock of Ages" Broadway tour and feeling comfortable in the lead role.

And he doesn't try to "fight the math." He wasn't born until late in the 1980s, the songbook decade the musical salutes.

"Not only have I always loved this music but also a lot of the music from the 70s," Scott said during a recent telephone interview to discuss his role of Drew in "Rock of Ages," which opens Tuesday at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago for a one-week run through Sunday.

It also doesn't hurt that Scott joined the tour straight from his New York City rock band Domin8trx.

"We just did our debut album 'Carousel,' which is up on iTunes, so this an exciting time for me," said Scott, whose father is also a musician touring with a band who he says has logged plenty of performances in Europe.

Set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, "Rock of Ages" is the story of "small-town girl" Sherri, played by Shannon Mullen, who meets "a big-city dreamer" — Scott's character Drew.

Their destinies unfold in LA's most legendary rock club, with the chapters of their lives and careers explained via "the greatest songs of the 1980s."

Featuring plenty of silly humor saluting the decade of hair bands and excess, "Rock of Ages" originally launched its first national tour in Chicago in September 2010 starring "American Idol" Constantine Maroulis in the Drew role.

Hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake and many others are showcased.

Scott said adding to the excitement of this tour is this summer's premiere of the film version of "Rock of Ages" starring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones and even a cameo appearance by Constantine.

"We'll still be on tour when the film comes out, so that's sure to add even more excitement and buzz," Scott said.

Described by the media as "a worldwide phenomenon," productions of "Rock of Ages" have played to sold-out audiences in Australia, London and South Korea, with fans savoring all 28 of the classic rock tunes such as "Don't Stop Believin," "We Built This City," "The Final Countdown," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Here I Go Again," "Harden My Heart," "Can't Fight this Feeling," "Renegade" and "I Want To Know What Love Is."

This tour of "Rock of Ages" is directed by Tony Award nominee Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine. It's produced by Phoenix Entertainment.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 to $90 with a select number of premium seats also available. FYI: (800) 775-2000 or BroadwayInChicago.com or rockofagesontour.com. TO keep up with Scott and his latest, visit domscott.com.

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