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Monday, October 10, 2011

Get Ready to "Rock" at the Paramount!

Wednesday night, “Rock of Ages” will invade the Paramount Arts Center as part of its second national tour.

Constantine Maroulis is no longer a part of the tour, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a rockin’ good time jamming to the big hair hits of the 80s…

Friday, I got the chance to talk to Alyssa Herrera, a member of the “ROA” cast about the show.

“It’s a rock concert with stories involved and characters. There are a lot of different plots going on,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

This is Herrera’s second national tour after wrapping up a run as Sandy in “Grease.” “It’s something really amazing. The different faces, the time off to explore, the different audiences,” she said. “Especially with this show. We’ve been realizing that every night. It’s like a rock concert. People still know every single song. They hear the first song and it gets them really pumped. You get excited for what’s about to happen. It’s going to melt your faces off.”

Herrera is a performing swing, which means she needs to be prepared for any role. “It keeps me on my toes.” When I spoke with her, she had been playing Waitress #1 for a few days. She is also the understudy for the characters of Sherrie and Regina.

The main reason to come to the show, Herrera told me, is for the good time. “They’re going to laugh until they fall off the chair. They’ll have a fantastic time with the people around them.”

For more of my thoughts about “ROA,” visit the Paramount Arts Center website.

Photo Credit: Jeff Busby