INTERVIEW:  Justin Colombo from the National Broadway Tour of Rock of Ages
By Olin Meadows

    In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer - and in L.A.'s most legendary rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 1980's.   That's the premise of the five-time Tony Award nominated hit musical, Rock of Ages, which opens the Broadway Across America - Austin 2012-13 Season on September 25 through 30th at The
Long Center.
     The campy, feel-good love story is told through the hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake and many more.  A worldwide phenomenon with smash hit productions in Australia, London, South Korea, the original production is still rockin' on Broadway, featuring 28 classic rock tunes that include "Don't Stop Believin'," "We Built This City," "The Final Countdown," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Here I Go Again," "Harden My Heart," "Can't Fight this Feeling," "Renegade" and "I Want To Know What Love Is."
      Olin Meadows sat down with Justin Colombo, who plays “Lonnie” in the National Tour, to talk about the show’s true message, what it is like to be on tour and the strange feeling of watching your show be turned into a blockbuster movie while you are still acting the role eight shows a week.  Listen in as Meadows and Colombo talk about the fun the audience takes home each night after hearing the story of a "small town girl, living in a lonely world, and city boy who was born and raised in South Detroit."
     "I love the fact that I get to break the fourth wall, and really interact with the audience,
      espeically with this show, because the thing I love about this showis it really has a lot
      of heart. And I get to see the audiences direct connection to that." - Justin Colombo

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     Performances will run Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Tickets start at $25.
     The Long Center is located at 701 W. Riverside Drive on the corner of Riverside and South First Street.  For more information and tickets, call (512) 474-LONG (5664) or visit

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