TV presenter Justin Lee Collins is to take a starring role in a West End version of hit Broadway musical show Rock of Ages. Justin Lee Collins, often known as JLC, is a British comedian, television, radio presenter and occasional singer from Bristol. He worked as a double-glazing demonstrator before making a brief foray into stand-up comedy in which he won the New Comedy Competition at the 1997 Glastonbury Festival and reached the finals of the BBC New Comedy Awards at the Edinburgh Festival. He gave up doing stand-up in 2002 to concentrate fully on TV and radio presenting.
Collins has performed in professional Musical Theatre in London’s famous West End. For a TV programme on Sky One Collins learned the skills necessary to perform on the musical stage, gaining a part in the hit show Chicago. Playing alongside Aoife Mulholland (as his wife Roxie Hart) Collins rehearsed for the role of Amos Hart at the Cambridge Theatre.
Collins said of his role, “I’m over the moon to be playing the sexiest part in the best show on the West End stage. I’ve already gone through a dozen pairs of tights.”.
ROCK OF AGES is “an absurdly enjoyable rock musical,” according to The New York Times. This world wide smash hit features a raucous mix of 28 classic 80’s tunes including ‘Don’t Stop Believin’,’ ‘We Built This City,’ ‘The Final Countdown,’ ‘Wanted Dead or Alive,’ and ‘Here I Go Again’.
ROCK OF AGES tells the hilarious story of a small town girl and a big city rocker falling in love to the greatest songs of the decade. An awesomely good time where big hair meets big dreams.
Set to take the UK by storm, it will rock London’s Shaftesbury Theatre from 31st August. Be one of the first to experience all the hilarious fun of London?s hot new rock musical.