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Thursday, 28 October, 2010 11:07 AM
Actress Lindsay Janisse to star in Rock of Ages at Detroit's Fisher Theatre
DETROIT -- Lindsay Janisse was born in Southfield, Mich. and was raised in Wixom, Mich. She attended Walled Lake Western High School and trained at Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center. Janisse moved to Los Angeles shortly after. She started out her acting career by landing a role in Wicked on Broadway and in Wicked in Los Angeles. Now, she is playing the part of the Young Groupie in the musical, Rock of Ages. It opens on November 9 and runs through the 21st at the historic Fisher Theatre in midtown Detroit.
"I danced all throughout high school and moved out to L.A. to pursue mostly a dancing career," Janisse said in an exclusive phone interview. "Then, I booked the show Wicked on Broadway and that's how I kind of got into theater. It was a big ensemble show and a huge production. It's been running for a while. It's nice to have been a part of such as well-known show. I really loved being in Wicked."
Can you tell me a little about the plot for the musical Rock of Ages?
"It's an '80s jukebox musical, all the songs that you remember from that time," the actress explains. "All of the songs you still sing...Journey, White Snake, Pat Benatar, Twister Sister, all of those. Constantine Maroulis from American Idol is our lead. He plays Drew in the show. It's about him as a rocker. A little bit of a love story is involved and a lot of partying. If you come, you're going to have a good time."
Janisse will be playing the character of the Young Groupie in the new musical.
"I am one of the ensemble members," the actress said. "There's three girls that are waitresses throughout the show and I am one of them. There's lots of dancing and singing. I promise you'll love it, such a good time."
How does it feel to be coming back home for the performances of Rock of Ages?
"It's amazing, it's pretty surreal to think about dancing at the Fisher and going to see shows there when I was younger," Janisse explained. "It's been a while since I've been back home, almost 10 years. It's going to be nice to go back and be able to be there for two weeks and see everyone and hopefully have them see me."
Why do you think Rock of Ages is so popular since it was nominated for five Tony Awards?
"I think that it's a very well-written show, very well directed, very well choreographed, very well arranged," the actress said. "All the components in it are pretty stellar. It all comes together to create this great time. Everyone that comes at the end of the night is always standing and cheering. You get these fake lighters when you come into the show that you can light up and wave around in your favorite song. It's just a party everytime you come. A rock and roll concert almost for theater."
What's next for you after this musical...any movies or TV shows?
"I'm hoping to go back to New York and do some more theater," Janisse explained.
Would you consider acting in a movie or TV show in Michigan with our state's 42 percent tax incentive for the film industry?
"I would consider doing a movie in Michigan," the actress said. "It would just depend on the work schedule."
What would be your advice for students going into theater or film who may be looking for their first job?
"If you're trying to do theater, going to school is a great start," Janisse explained. "You get the base of what you need and all the classes that you need, proper training. That's not the route that I went, but it's a more direct route. It's taking the classes that you need, getting to know the people you need to know and finding an agent. You just get on the websites that are associated with whatever you are looking into and find out who you need to know and when you to be as far as auditions and classes and seminars and socials. You just have to be involved."
Ticket prices for the Detroit engagement of ROCK OF AGES range from $29 - $79 (includes parking and facility fees) and are on sale now at the Fisher Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets are also available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.BroadwayinDetroit.com, and by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787. Limited premium seats are available at the box office only. For group sales (12 or more), please call (313) 871-1132 or email email@example.com.
For additional information, call (313) 872-1000 or visit www.BroadwayinDetroit.com.
Photo credit: Joan Marcus
Constantine Mouralis and Company in Original Broadway Production of Rock of Ages.
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