BWW Interview: Dominique Scott Talks ROCK OF AGES
Dominique Scott is coming to Blumenthal Performing Arts Belk Theater, February 21-23. Five time Tony award nominated ROCK OF AGES features 28 classic rock tunes including Don't Stop Believin', We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Wanted Dead or Alive, Here I Go Again, Harden My Heart, Can't Fight this Feeling, Renegade and I Want to Know What Love Is. Tickets are on sale now at BlumenthalArts.org, 704-372-1000, or by visiting Belk Theater Box Office at 130 N. Tryon Street.
Dominique Scott who plays Drew in ROCK OF AGES was all business about music and performing when I spoke to him mid-morning.
LAW: Where are you now?
DS: Gainesville, Florida. We're re-teching the show with new cast members and a new crew. It opens again this week.
LAW: Tell me about your childhood. Where were you born?
DS: I was born in Miami, Florida. I was a normal hyperactive kid, like most who get into entertainment. I started playing piano at 10.
LAW: What got you into music?
DS: Well my dad [Jean-Claude] was the lead guitarist. He toured a lot in Europe. He encouraged me to play classical piano. At the time, I resented it, classical sh#!. In the long run, it was good for me, but, I'd hear Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith and say, I can do that!
LAW: What got you into singing?
DS: I did all the musical theater stuff as a kid, children's theater, summer camps, musical theater. My voice was good at 16, but I wasn't getting accepted into the best performing colleges. I found a voice teacher, Aaron Hagan. He is the smartest man I know. He helped my voice. In college, I started a band, we called ourselves Domin8trx, a play on my name. I didn't like it. I wanted to change it, but we started performing, we got a following and the name stuck.
LAW: What was your first professional job?
DS: I was 12 years old. It was musical theater.
LAW: What was your most memorable experience in your profession?
DS: I'm thinking, there were many. ROCK OF AGES has been really good to me. I meet lots of people and I get really sweet letters. I got a letter from a kid who was thinking about being a stage manager and seeing the play reaffirmed his dream. That's special to me. It reminds me of when I was a kid and I wrote a letter to Billy Porter [Kinky Boots] about my aspirations.
LAW: Tell me how ROCK OF AGES came to be?
DS: It was the little show that could.... It was started as a "bro. show". It grew. It opened in Los Angeles. Then it went to [Las] Vegas and New York and now it's on tour.
LAW: How did you get the role?
DS: I heard from a friend that they were having an open Equity [Actors Equity Association Union] call. I got there and there were 300 guys auditioning. I sang and they cut me from the group. I was upset. When I got home, I made a video audition for the casting director and I sent it to him. I got the role.
LAW: Wow, you wouldn't take no for an answer, that's great.
DS: Well, I knew I could sing notes that not all other performers could sing.
LAW: In ROCK OF AGES, you play Drew. Tell me about Drew.
DS: Drew is 23, wide-eyed and new in the big city. He's shy and awkward. He meets a girl, gets hurt and transforms to a man; a rock star. This show is amazing, smart and well written. Go to find your dreams, and dreams can change.
LAW: Does Drew play an instrument?
DS: He plays a guitar.
LAW: What's been the worst experience during this tour?
DS: Worst experience.... The time I was sick, but I was singing through it. I had been doing 8 shows a week for a year. I was so sick and I had no voice. My understudy was sick too. I went out and my voice kept cracking. I take pride in the quality of my performance. That was embarrassing, but I went back out to finish the show. I took a few days off after that. That was the worst.
LAW: What are your hopes for the future after you leave ROCK OF AGES?