Ayesa, according to a press release, will play the role of Stacee Jaxx opposite the previously announced Tony-nominated Constantine Maroulis as Drew.
Ayesa has been seen in the West End productions We Will Rock You, Rent and Buddy and in the Australian productions of Grease, Fame, Rent, West Side Story and Buddy. His self-titled debut CD is available from Decca/Universal. He is also in the process of recording his follow-up CD.
The tour of the 1980s-set rock musical Rock of Ages will launch Sept. 21 in Chicago.
Current tour dates include:
Chicago, IL (Sept. 21-Oct. 3 at the Bank of America Theatre)
Baltimore, MD (Nov. 30-Dec. 5 at the Hippodrome Theatre)
Boston, MA (Oct. 6-17 at the Colonial Theatre)
Minneapolis, MN (Oct. 19-24 at the Orpheum Theatre)
Cincinnati (Oct. 26-Nov. 7 at the Aronoff Center)
Pittsburgh, PA (Nov. 23-28 at the Benedum Center)
Columbus, OH (Dec. 7-12 at the Palace Theatre)
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Dec. 28, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011, at the Broward Center)
Orlando, FL (Jan. 11-16, 2011, at the Carr PAC)
Clearwater, FL (Jan. 18-23, 2011)
Louisville, KY (Jan. 25-30, 2011, at the Robert Whitney Hall)
Seattle, WA (Feb. 8-13, 2011, at the Paramount Theatre)
Los Angeles, CA (Feb. 15-27, 2011, at the Pantages Theatre)
Costa Mesa, CA (March 1-8, 2011)
Indianapolis, IN (April 12-17, 2011, at the Clowes Memorial Hall)
Des Moines, IA (April 19-24, 2011)
Kansas City, MO (May 3-8, 2011, at the Municipal Auditorium)
San Antonio, TX (May 10-15, 2011, at the Majestic Theatre)
Dallas, TX (May 31-June 12, 2011, at the AT&T PAC)
Houston, TX (May 31-June 12, 2011)
Washington, DC (July 12-24, 2011) The Rock of Ages tour will reunite original director, Tony nominee Kristin Hanggi, and choreographer by Kelly Devine. The musical was penned by Chris D'Arienzo and features music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.
Featuring a score compiled of hits from the 1980s, including "Don't Stop Believin'," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Every Rose Has It's Thorn," "Oh, Sherrie" and "We Built This City," Rock of Ages originally premiered Off-Broadway at New World Stages in October of 2008. The musical transferred to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway in March of 2009, earning five Tony nominations including Best Musical, Best Direction, and Best Actor for Maroulis.
Here's how producers bill Rock of Ages: "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 '80s. It's Rock of Ages, a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more. Don't miss this awesomely good time where big hair meets big dreams and the result totally wails."
Rock of Ages will be produced on tour by Matthew Weaver, Carl Levin, Jeff Davis, Barry Habib, Scott Prisand, Janet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver, Relativity Media and The Araca Group.