Ayesa not threatened by 'Rock of Ages' movie

Posted at 06/06/2012 5:07 PM | Updated as of 06/06/2012 5:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Filipino-Australian Broadway actor MiG Ayesa is not threatened that the movie "Rock of Ages" will hit theaters in Manila at the same time as the local production of the popular jukebox musical.

Ayesa is reprising his role as Stacee Jaxx in Atlantis Productions' "Rock of Ages," which opens on June 15 at the RCBC Plaza in Makati, just one day after the movie version with Tom Cruise as Jaxx opens in the Philippines.

"I believe we will help each other and the producers feel the same way," Ayesa told reporters on Wednesday during the musical's press conference.

Ayesa also noted that Chris D'Arienzo, who was nominated for a Tony for Best Book, co-wrote the screenplay and serves as one of the executive producers of the movie.

"So we're all in the same team," Ayesa said.

Ayesa, who also appeared in the US touring production of the musical, urged Filipinos to watch both the movie and the stage production of "Rock of Ages," which features hits from '80s heavy metal bands such as Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and "Paradise City" by Guns N' Roses.

"It's always better to see it live because it's like a rock concert. But I advise you to see it both. I can't wait to see it (the movie)," he said.

"The movie is gonna be an amazing version," he added, pointing out that A-list Hollywood stars such as Cruz, Alec Baldwin and Catharine Zeta-Jones dropped their other projects to appear in the film.

And what if the movie turns out to be a dud?

"It can't be the play's fault," he said, noting that the Broadway production received five Tony nominations.

Star power

Ayesa, who shot the international fame when he finished third in the reality TV contest "Rockstar: INXS," also said those who have seen the show on Broadway should still try to catch the local production.

"Don't think if you've seen it before that you don't have to see it again," he said.

"It's a totally different show. It has the same songs, same story but (director) Chari (Arespacochaga) revamped the show," he said.

Ayesa's casting in the local production is, of course, one of the main selling points for Atlantis Productions.

The popular theater company also assembled a star-studded cast, including singer and actress Vina Morales in her stage debut, acoustic singers Nyoy Volante and Aiza Seguerra, and The Dawn vocalist Jett Pangan.

Ayesa praised his co-stars as "incredibly talented."

"They also have a lot of heart. It's like a whole family and that's so contagious," he said.

He also said he's eager to perform in front of Filipino theatergoers.

"Playing to a Filipino audience is something you can't really ignore," he said.

"Rock of Ages" runs at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati from June 15 to July 8, with 8 p.m. performances Fridays to Sundays, and 3 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.