Starship singer Mickey Thomas plays a nightclub owner in this tribute to 80's rock. He says this stage, in particular, makes him feel right at home.
"This is something that's unique to 'Rock of Ages.' We have an actual live rock band performing live on their own stage."
Local actor Dane Stokinger plays what he calls a "failed drummer turned sound guy."
He kicks off the party on a high note.
"This is amazing. This is where I get to start the show," he says from a catwalk high above the back of the stage.
"So everything kind of focuses and...I'm like the first words you hear with these awesome moving spotlights. And I get to look at this," he says as he points to the two-thousand-plus seats below.
The best seats in the house are in front of even the front row. For this show, the 5th is offering "VIP cocktail tables" just below the stage. If you sit there in a booth or a nightclub table, you might become part of the show. And they'll serve you drinks from a full bar! They start at $105.
"Rock of Ages" runs at the 5th Avenue Theatre through February 24th.