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MiG Ayesa as Stacee Jaxx at the U.S. national tour of “Rock of Ages.”  (Photo by Dan Lippitt)

 

Filipino-Australian rocker MiG Ayesa’s patience, hard work and perseverance have finally paid off.

After years of waiting for his big break in mainstream America, the West End star of “We Will Rock You” and “Rent” has finally landed his “major, major” Broadway star vehicle.

Ayesa, who is currently part of the U.S. national tour of the hilarious Broadway smash hit “Rock of Ages” playing magnificently the coveted role of a nasty aging rock star, Stacee Jaxx, will join the Broadway cast when “Rock of Ages” resumes at the Helen Hayes Theatre on West 44th Street on Times Square beginning on March 24.

Thanks to numerous glowing reviews by theater critics in various key U.S. cities, most of them singling out Ayesa’s scene-stealing turn since the national tour began rocking America in September 2010.

Ayesa now leads the so-called “supergroup” cast for Broadway that features a mix of actors from the original Broadway production, as well as those from the Toronto cast and the U.S. national tour.

Ayesa has briefly appeared on Broadway in December 2008 as a male vocalist for the ballroom dance sensation “Burn The Floor,” before joining the world tour of the same musical.

But his upcoming Broadway gig with “Rock of Ages” will give his brilliance as a singer and actor a more extensive exposure and reintroduce him to America’s theater world.

The five-time Tony Award nominated musical is the story of a young rocker (originated on Broadway by “American Idol” finalist Constantine Maroulis, who later was joined by Ayesa in the national tour) hungry for his big break and a small town girl who meet in 1987 at a Hollywood club facing its imminent closure.

The score includes the hit songs of iconic rockers like REO Speedwagon, Journey, Styx, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake and many more.

Reports said the musical’s film version by New Line Cinema, to be directed by Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”), is set to begin production within this year.

Several Hollywood names have previously been mentioned to star in the silver screen, including Tom Cruise, who is said to be interested in Ayesa’s role.

The national tour with Constantine Maroulis in the lead will continue, with an Australian production also set to open in Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre in April 2011.