If you missed the Rock Of Ages movie when it was filming in Miami or when it jammed in theaters over the summer, you’re in luck. The nationwide stage tour is heading to the Arsht Tuesday night through Sunday.
We caught up with the show’s lead actor Dominique Scott, who plays Drew, a small town rocker who searches for big dreams on the Sunset Strip, circa 1987 ( Diego Boneta had the role on the silver screen). The South Florida native — he was born around South Miami and his folks still live in Coral Park — has a similar story: After attending the New World of the Arts and Syracuse University, Scott moved to New York City to be a head banger with his band, Domin8trx.
How did you get the role?
A friend told me that about the audition — that they were needing people for the second year Rock of Ages was on tour. I went to an open call with maybe 200 guys and I got cut! I was like, really? Not even a callback? I knew Drew was a role I was perfect for, he was right down my alley. So I made a video and sent it straight to the casting director. Then I got the callback. I wasn’t going to take no for an answer.
Were you influenced by watching the original production on Broadway? Did you see the movie?
We opened the tour in October 2011 so the movie wasn’t out yet. I had already done 200 shows by the time it was in theaters. Diego Boneta actually came to see us in Los Angeles and was really cool and complimentary about what we were doing. But I did see the Broadway production. I learned a lot from Constantine Maroulis, who originated the role of Drew.
Being in your 20s were you familiar with all the 1980s hair-band music?
I didn’t know all the songs. I didn’t listen to Poison or REO Speedwagon. Of course, I knew some Journey stuff like Don’t Stop Believing and Oh Sherrie, but I was more a [fan] of older-era groups like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Deep Purple, Aerosmith. But rock music is universal.
What do you like most about the gig?
It’s very audience friendly with a lot of participation. You can feel them with every move; we even get to talk to them directly at times. It keeps it fun and gives us room to make it fresh and new every night. When Act 2 starts, there’s just number after number. And by Hit Me with Your Best Shot, everybody gets on their feet. It’s a great feeling.
Tickets begin at $26; Ziff Ballet Opera House Adrienne Arsht Center; www.rockofagesontour.com