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Farmingdale native hits Broadway

Farmingdale native Dan Domenech is making his Broadway debut as the star of "Rock of Ages." Domenech plays Drew, a rising rock star who gets his big break at the Bourbon Room on the Sunset Strip in the late '80s.

Domenech brings down the house and brings the audience to its feet night after night singing iconic '80s anthems in this fun and funny metal musical. His talent, charm and smile shine brighter than the big lights of Broadway.

Watching "Rock of Ages," you are instantly transported back to the late '80s, believing that Domenech was born a rock star. His long hair is actually a customized wig that matches his hairline. He describes his '80s clothes simply as "tight."

In the late '80s, Domenech was a kid growing up in Farmingdale doing what he calls "normal things." He started acting in shows at Farmingdale High School and went on to do back-to-back shows at the Cultural Arts Playhouse. After trips into the city on the LIRR's Ronkonkoma line three to four times a week to audition for shows, and after hearing a lot of "nos," Domenech said he got his first "yes" and went on tour with "Rent." After spending some time living in Los Angeles, he is now back in New York living living his dream.

Despite his new rock star status, Domenech is humble and appreciative of this opportunity. He performs in eight shows a week and says the thrill of being on stage and connecting with the audience never gets old -- but it does get exhausting. Rather than living the rock star lifestyle, in his little time off, Domenech tries to get rest. But that's okay with him -- he says coming to work at "Rock of Ages" is his party. And it's a party that he is certainly the life of.   -- Elisa DiStefano, News 12 Long Island


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