March 28, 2013

‘Rock’ing the 1980s

'Rock of Ages,' a hirsute homage to over-the-top '80s music and pop culture, comes to Merrill Auditorium in Portland on Saturday.

By Ray Routhier
Staff Writer

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The “Rock of Ages” cast. The musical is at Merrill Auditorium in Portland on Saturday.

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Matt Nolan as Stacee Jaxx in “Rock of Ages.”

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WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $51 to $76


Because nobody today has hair as big as '80s rock musicians, Scott has to wear a pretty significant wig to portray Drew. It took some getting used to.

"Sometimes on stage, my hair would get in my mouth and I'd have to spit it out," said Scott.

A bigger challenge, he says, is moving around on stage in a pair of jeans that are tailored to be '80s rock-star tight. "It's really hard to sit down in those."

Those who see "Rock of Ages" can expect to feel like they're at a concert. There are 28 songs, so the music is obviously a huge part of the show.

"A show like this begs for interaction. People clap along, sing, get up in their seats with their lighters," said Scott. "And we have a narrator who sometimes addresses the audience. It really feels like a concert."

Even though Scott didn't come of age during the '80s, he can relate to the "can do" spirit of the aspiring musicians in the show. When he first auditioned for "Rock of Ages," he didn't get a callback. So he went home, made a YouTube video of himself, and sent it to the casting director.

That got him another shot, and he eventually got the part.

"I couldn't accept it," he said. "It's a story about a 23-year-old who moves to the city to be a rock star, and that's what I did."

So besides enjoying a nostalgic ride back to the '80s, anyone attending "Rock of Ages" can also glean an important lesson from Scott himself.

Because he didn't stop believin'.

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Chris Cicchino performs in “Rock of Ages.”


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