Chester See is coming to Broadway. The YouTuber whose powerful voice and handsome look has helped him amass more than 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube, has been cast in Rock of Ages, the long-running musical featuring music from the 80s.
See will play the role of Stacee Jaxx, a rock star and one of the show’s central characters. Coincidentally, the original Los Angeles production of Rock of Ages featured Chris Hardwick, another performer with a big YouTube presence, as Jaxx. In the 2012 film adaptation of the musical, Jaxx was portrayed by Tom Cruise.
Matt Weaver, the producer of Rock of Ages, explained that he chose See after being impressed by his audition. “I looked at this as an exciting opportunity to do something that wouldn’t be expected,” he said. “He’s got a real audience at YouTube, he’s got a real voice there, and I think that audience is going to travel to Broadway.”
See often shows off his range in his YouTube videos. His most popular offering, “God Damn You’re Beautiful”, has more than ten million views.
Rock of Ages is a love story set at a Hollywood rock club in 1987. It has run on Broadway since 2009, making it the 29th-longest-running show in Broadway history and the seventh-longest-running among shows currently in production. It can be seen at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where See will make his first performance on October 25th. His role will run through January 4th.