WANT TO GO?
"Rock of Ages"
Presented by Broadway in Charleston
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
TICKETS: $43 and $64
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Universo Pereira sounds like a pretty good rock star name, like something an over-the-top front man for a '80s hair metal band might make up.
Actually, it's the name of the actor who stars as Stacee Jaxx in "Rock of Ages," which closes out the Broadway in Charleston season at the Clay Center Tuesday.
"It's Spanish," Pereira explained off-handedly, adding, "My family was originally from Brooklyn, New York."
The Nashville-based singer/actor who appears in the Tony-Award winning show doesn't mind that his real name sounds a little bit rock 'n' roll. For him, it's an occupational advantage.
Pereira is kind of a rock star on his own -- or at least an aspiring one. Before he went on the road with the touring production, he fronted the rock band, Red Carpet Rats.
"We're currently on hiatus," he said. "But it's the real thing. We write songs and are immersed in the whole music scene."
Nearly a year ago, Pereira said he saw a casting ad for "Rock of Ages." He said they were looking for a "hot mess, trainwreck, egomaniac jerk rock star type.
"And I thought I could do that with very little acting," he laughed.
Pereira said he knows people like Stacee Jaxx, the archetypical over-indulged, decadent and narcissistic rock star. Music scenes are environments full of big egos and bravado.