With its lead actor Constantine Maroulis taking a break from the Great White Way stage to hit the road and other roles still needed to be cast, the Tony Award nominated musical “Rock of Ages” is scouring the biz for talents – seasoned or newbies – to fill in the vacancies in the casting roster, and they can now say “one down” as Twisted Sister lead vocalist Dee Snider has agreed to join the musical to portray the role of “Dennis”. Snider will be in the musical for eleven weeks.
Snider is joining the likes of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, and Emmy winner Edie Falco who made the transition from either mainstream music or small screen to theatre. Armstrong is debuting in the musical he co-wrote “American Idiot” which also features songs from his band’s “American Idiot” and “21st Century Breakdown” albums while Falco is reported to be appearing in a Broadway revival.
“Rock of Ages” is the story of star-crossed lovers while paying homage to the greatest rock hits of the big-haired, spandex-coated ‘80s like Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re not Gonna Take It” to name a few. Reports have also swirled that the musical might also follow in the footsteps of “Mamma Mia!” as a big screen adaptation is rumored to be in the works for 2011 with Adam Shankman of “So You Think You can Dance” and “Hairspray” fame at the helm. Whether Snider is attached to the film project or not still remains to be known.
Meanwhile, the 55-year old rocker also appears along with his family in their reality show “Growing Up Twisted” which airs over the A&E channel.