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Shayne Ward in Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre

Wednesday, 8th Jun 2011  

Former Talent-Show Contestant Set to Star Alongside Justin Lee Collins in the Upcoming Musical

It has only been a week since Justin Lee Collins was announced as an actor set to appear in the upcoming musical “Rock Of Ages” at the Shaftesbury Theatre. But that has not stopped the next revelation from emerging from the venue as the former “X Factor” contestant Shayne Ward has now joined the cast as a male lead Stacee Jaxx. It is the latest occasion in which a well known pop star has joined the ranks of West End talents, from the members of Blue previously appearing in “Legally Blonde” and “Chicago” to the appearance of Mel C in “Blood Brothers”.

Shayne Ward appeared in the second series of “The X Factor” and has been one of the more successful winners over the years alongside Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke (the latter tipped for an upcoming role in “The Bodyguard”). Since winning the show he has gone on to release three albums and an abundance of singles, with the former category including “Shayne Ward” in 2006, “Breathless” in 2007 and “Obsession” in 2010, and the latter category including songs like “That’s My Goal”.

“Rock of Ages” allows London theatre audiences a chance to go back in time to the 1980s when glam rock was at its height as a small town girl named Sherrie and an LA rocker named Drew both bond over their love for the hit genre. It is a story featuring a whirlwind romance, an array of hit songs of the 1980s that propel the story forwards and with Ward as Jaxx (Justin Lee Collins portrays bar owner Dennis Dupree.

So expect songs like “We Built this City”, “I Wanna Rock”, “The Final Countdown” and “I Wanna Know What Love Is”, among others.

The show is also under development as a Hollywood movie currently, following its success on the other side of the Atlantic, and is set to feature Catherine Zeta Jones and Paul Giamatti.

“Rock of Ages” is at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End from Tuesday 27th September 2011 (with previews from Wednesday 31st August 2011).

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