TV and radio star Justin Lee Collins is to play Dennis Dupree in new West End musical Rock of Ages.
The smash-hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages, which is set to rock London this autumn as it transfers to the Shaftesbury Theatre, has announced its first casting.
The high-profile new show will see TV and radio personality Justin Lee Collins play bar owner and ageing hippy, Dennis Dupree, a role originally played in the LA stage show by Tenacious D’s Kyle Gass.
Rock of Ages, which runs from 31 August 2011 at the Shaftesbury, celebrates (glam)rock music of the 80’s, featuring hit songs by Bon Jovi, Journey, Whitesnake, Poison, Pat Benatar and many more.
Lee Collins, who started as a stand-up comedian, has gone on to forge a strong TV and radio career including The Friday Night Project and The Justin Lee Collins Show. Rock of Ages won’t be his West End stage debut as he played Mr. Cellophane in Chicago for three nights in 2009 as part of Sky show JLC Is….
Rock of Ages is set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, when a small town girl meets a big city rocker in LA’s most famous rock club and they fall in love, set against the greatest songs of the 80s. This arena-rock love story is told through a succession of rock hits including I Wanna Rock, We’re Not Gonna Take It, Come on Feel the Noize, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Don’t Stop Believin’, Dead or Alive, We Built This City, I Wanna Know What Love Is and The Final Countdown.
The musical features a book by Chris D’Arienzo, and a Hollywood movie version is currently in production starring Tom Cruise, Russell Brand and Paul Giamatti.
Rock of Ages is set to perform at this year’s West End Live in Trafalgar Square over the weekend of 18 and 19 June 2011, with some of the Broadway cast being flown over for the event.