ON BROADWAY WITH MiG
Now that MiG has completed a six month run on the US Tour of ROCK OF AGES as 'Stacee Jaxx', he returns to BROADWAY to reprise the role for the show's re-opening at the Helen Hayes Theatre. MiG-Music.com invites you to go ON BROADWAY WITH MiG! In the upcoming weeks this new page on mig-music will be updated with pictures from backstage, mini-diary entries, backstage sneak peek videos, live stream surprises, as well as other 'ON BROADWAY WITH MiG' mig-music exclusives. In the meantime, click here to visit the ON THE ROAD WITH MiG page for a nostalgic look back on MiG's time on the ROAd...
THE REVIEWS ARE IN
"MiG Ayesa, who plays the rocker Stacee Jaxx, has a killer voice and delicious sense of humor."
Doug George - Chicago Tribune
"...Stacee Jaxx (a very chiseled MiG Ayesa) arrives to turn Sherrie's head."
Scott C. Morgan - Daily Herald
"...MiG Ayesa plays Stacee Jaxx. He is terrific and just as talented as Maroulis... He has a big voice, washboard abs and great stage presence."
Connie Wilson - Associated Content
"...the wonderfully madcap MiG Ayesa..."
Alissa Norby - Hollywood Chicago
"The supporting cast is rendered in perfect two-dimensial charm, from MiG Ayesa as Stacee Jaxx, the embodiment of Axl Rose..."
Brian Hieggelke - New City Stage
"Sherrie is drawn to a user named Stacee Jaxx (heartthrob MiG Ayesa)..."
Lawrence Bloomer - Steadstyle Chicago
"MiG Ayesa gives plenty of vocal power in his portrayal of Stacie Jaxx..."
Scotty Zacher - Chicago Theatre Blog
"...MiG Ayesa, a talented actor who plays a spoiled and wanna-be rock star Stacee Jaxx. He's funny in the role and tempers silliness with a bit of flair that's amusing."
Phillip Potempa - NWI Times
"MiG Ayesa as the debauched rock god “Stacee Jaxx” is the ace up the sleeve...Ayesa is money."
Mike Cole - The Mike Stand, WCVB TV
"Stacee (played by MiG Ayesa, who hilariously incarnates the quintessentially egomaniacal rock star)..."
Don Aucoin - The Boston Globe
"...MiG Ayesa (Stacee Jaxx, the rock star who plays the Bourbon Room... ) also give standout performances...Ayesa’s Jaxx swaggers, postures, and seduces with hilarious arrogance and self-absorption."
Alyssa Machado - The Arts Fuse"MiG Ayesa is delightfully amusing in his broad but just-right portrayal of Stacee Jaxx..."
"MiG Ayesa plays the self-absorbed Stacee Jacks with wonderfully comic rock brio."
Robert Nesti - EDGE
"As Stacee Jaxx, the burnt out rocker who got his start at Bourbon Club and agrees to play his farewell concert there, MiG Ayesa is a pro with an incredible sound."
R.J. Donovan - OnStage Boston
"...remember MiG Ayesa, who came in 3rd on Rock Star INXS? He was absolutely hilarious as the drugged-out rock star who steals Sherrie away from Drew. I didn’t recognize him at first, he’s that good."
MJ - MJ's Big Blog
"It was all a good deal of campy fun, to be sure, but it fell to a supporting character, “Stacy Jaxx,” played flawlessly by MiG Ayesa, to take the show to “Let’s rock!” From fronting the seriously good on-stage band, to hustling the waitresses, to puking off the stage, Ayesa didn’t miss a single nuance available to him."
Janet Preus - How Was The Show
"...recording artist MiG Ayesa scores as rock star Stacee Jaxx..."
Gary Graff - Oakland Press
"...lead singer of Arsenal, Stacy Jacks (MiG Ayesa). He’s got Jon Bon Jovi’s voice, David Lee Roth’s swagger, Axl Rose’s moves and Bret Michael’s makeup."
Stephanie Casola - The Urban Life
"...narcissistic rock star, Stacee Jaxx (the delightfully outrageous MiG Ayesa)."
Andrea Blum - The News Herald
Alice T. Carter - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"MiG Ayesa has the Axl Rose physique and clarion vocal cords to flesh out the crude character of Stacee Jaxx."
Tim Smith - The Baltimore Sun
"...MiG Ayesa goes deliciously over the top as a prima donna, sex-crazed rock star."
Michael Grossberg - The Columbus Dispatch
"Australian recording artist MiG Ayesa also turns in a hysterically over-the-top turn as Stacee Jaxx, creating that elusive animal known as the “lovable villain.” He practically steals every scene he’s in."
Craig Nolan Highley - The Arts Louisville
"MiG Ayesa as the sleazy rock star Stacee Jaxx, a perfect composite of Nikki Sixx, David Lee Roth, Dee Snyder and every long haired, kohl eyed lead singer of the era. Mr Ayesa is a fine comedic performer and a power belter and he has an amazing set of abs...which are constantly on display in this show."
Michael Strangeways - Seattle Gay Scene
"Stacee Jaxx (MiG Ayesa), ...is called upon to save the day – and the bar – by performing Arsenal’s final show on the Bourbon stage. His big, blond hair, skin-tight pants and rock-hard abs are the requisite sexy for the era."
Maia Jannele - Seattle Post Intelligencer
"Ayesa is deliciously nasty as the hard bodied head banger, Stacee Jaxx, with ego and attitude for days."
Jay Irwin - Broadway World Seattle
"The addition of the explosive, heroin-fabulous MiG Ayesa is a welcome shot of cheap liquor after a day’s work. And no, that’s no typo. Ayesa first made his big-M, little-i, big-G name famous as a finalist on the short-lived reality show Rockstar: INXS. Don’t write him off as C-list fodder just yet. Although he paints his eyebrows on his face, the man can absolutely carry tight jeans, a circle scarf and glittery tank tops with the swagger of a young Bret Michaels and can screech like Gene Simmons in his heydey. Ayesa takes command of the character’s raw sexuality and eerie eccentricity like no other actor before him."
Clare Sayas - Daily Trojan
"Another standout performer is MiG Ayesa as Stacee Jaxx. His parody of an empty-headed pretty-boy rock star living the classic rock star life made for some great moments of fun theater."
Michele E. Buttelman - The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
"...MiG Ayesa, who stole the show with his comic performance as Stacee Jaxx..."
Jenny Peters - DailyNews Los Angeles
"...MiG Ayesa, who played an over-the-top rocker and was able to duplicate the high falsetto that characterizes these songs."
Robert Machray - Blogcritics Culture
"...Stacee Jaxx, (played with brilliant theatrical glam by Aussie MiG Ayesa)..."
Zevon Odelberg - Rock World Magazine
"The entire cast excels, with standout work from... and Ayesa, whose Stacee is an egocentric drama queen with a randy nature and Roger Daltrey-esque persona."
Eric Marchese - Orange County Register
"...MiG Ayesa, who plays the lecherous Stacee Jaxx. Even though his character is primarily responsible for “effing” up things between the two romantic leads, you can’t help but love him because his performance is nothing short of comedic gold. It pays to keep an eye on him every second that he’s onstage (or on the video monitor or wandering through the aisles in the darkness) or else you might miss some of the best laughs the show has to offer."
Review - World Of Stage
"...MiG Ayesa an almost impossibly chiseled, sexy Stacee Jaxx."
Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA
"Bringing to Great White Way his critically-acclaimed version of the hilariously impossible rock star Stacee Jaxx following his celebrated stint at the Rock of Ages’ US tour, MiG continued to draw raves, leaving the crowd of the packed theater on 44th Street in Manhattan transfixed by his killer voice, knockout comic performance and, well, washboard abs."
Edmund Silvestre - The Filipino Reporter
"Filipino Australian rock star MiG Ayesa (Stacee Jaxx) showed everybody on that stage and the audience how to truly rock it out. Ayesa’s singing was just incredible."
Oliver Oliveros - BroadwayWorld.com Philippines
"MiG was amazing in his role as the front man of metal band ‘Arsenal’. His performance especially of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” showcases not only his singing prowess but also high level of fitness and energy on stage. His sexual appeal was very apparent as his character gets to flash his six pack in a number of scenes, much to the delight of both women and men in the audience."
Violi Calvert - The Filipino Australian
ON BROADWAY WITH MiG GALLERY
ON BROADWAY WITH MiG MINI-DIARY
22 September 2011 HERE I GO AGAIN ON MY OWN... It is with a heavy heart that I say I am hanging up my 'Stacee' boots for good this Sunday, 25th September. This Thursday, 22nd September marks the 1 year anniversary of our opening night in Chicago. The past year has been an amazing time of my life and I have loved every bit of it. From the touring to the Broadway show, it has been a job with many blessings and I am so grateful for all the incredible experiences that have come with it. I have made new life-long friends and re-connected with old ones as well as meeting the most extraordinary people. I will never forget my time as 'Stacee Jaxx' and I feel I will always be a part of this world-wide phenomenon. I will miss it dearly, but alas, I must move on. It is just time. I am looking forward to focusing more on my record release of MORE THAN EVER. I plan to have a record launch gig soon, so stay tuned to my site! I also plan to spend more time with my family, helping my wife with her incredible business. It is time to be creative and proactive. I am open to the world of opportunity and embrace what comes my way. Thank you to all those who have appreciated my work on the show, all over the country, and to those with whom I have worked, I will never forget you. We truly put the 'ROA' in BROADWAY!! Here I go again on my own...x
23 August 2011 MORE THAN EVER So I write this overlooking the spectacular Hong Kong Harbour, full of excitement and fulfillment that today marks the release of my new album, 'MORE THAN EVER'. I have been working on this for many years, hoping to have had this as a follow up after my debut album with Decca, but now as an independent artist, the sense of achievement and satisfaction is overwhelming. I have been able to be involved in every part of the process and am exhausted, but am delighted. So many reasons why it has taken so long to produce, but they do not matter any more. They just make this day even more wonderful. I have so many people to thank who made this album possible, but I want to just say for now to all of you who never gave up on me, this is for you. I hope you get a chance to get it from mig-music.com. It will be available on iTunes and all download sites soon. I'll keep you posted about that. I just wanted to share with you how I am feeling right now...just on top of the world (and literally I am atop a very tall hotel!). New York had an earthquake today?! Crazy! Hope it didn't scare you too much. I feel the earth move under my feet all the time. I will be talking to about 150 primary school kids today at the Australian International School and have to prepare so I must go now. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you check out MORE THAN EVER. Many exciting things to come surrounding it, so stay tuned...
30 July 2011 NOH8 So on May 16, 2011 the cast of ROCK OF AGES are invited to participate in this amazing campaign called NOH8 (No Hate!), where we lend our faces and support to promote understanding, love and acceptance of sexual preference and the end of bullying that seems to have skyrocketed in recent times. The photography of the amazing Adam Bouska represents how many thousands of people from all walks of life, all over the world, in every field of endeaveour and existence stand beside each other to say, "No more hate. No more violence. No more bullying. No more discrimination...and YES to same sex marriage." On November 4, 2008 Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The defeat provoked a groundswell of initiative within the GLBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organizations being formed in response. The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska (http://www.bouska.net) and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. It's a very strong and simple message of love and peace, and something I stand beside totally with all my heart. It was so great to be part of this amazing campaign with my amazing cast members. Check out how the day went with this video. Visit the NOH8 website at www.noh8campaign.com.
6 May 2011 HERE I GO AGAIN, AGAIN! Wow. I can't believe it has taken me so long to write an entry. I have not done so since leaving the US Tour of ROCK OF AGES. So much has happened, but I now find myself in a rhythm where I can take a look at where I am and where I've been. Working on Broadway has always been a dream of mine, and it's still a trip every time I think I am performing in this kick-arse show in the most awesome city in the world. I am still loving doing the show and love playing Stacee. Tonight actually marks our 50th show at the Helen Hayes Theatre...how time flies when you're having fun. The cast are ridiculously talented and am so honoured to be counted amongst them. To be working beside some of the original cast is a blast and surreal as I remember being in the audience watching them with such wonder. Kinda like a giddy fan at first. We only had a few days rehearsal and 2 days technical rehearsal at the Helen Hayes Theatre before we opened. It was almost like we just had to open first and then refine later. Well we spent the last month fixing cues, changing lines, fixing the sound, lights and costumes, additions and subtractions. The show is on a constant state of change and is always moving forwards and onwards. I guarantee we are still yet to find our perfect show, but we are heading in the right direction, and we will get there! The Helen Hayes Theatre may be the smallest theatre on Broadway, but it's got a heart as big as Madison Square Garden. We have become a family there and it's like we are all on the same team, fighting against the odds and determined to win. It's been so cool to be back home with my wife and to have a life in New York City. It was a great honour to be asked to sing the National Anthems at the official Anzac Day ceremonies in New York at both the services at Rockefeller Center and the Dawn service at Battery Point. It's something that I had to miss out on last year because I was on tour with BURN THE FLOOR. It's nice to be home for so many reasons. Not to say I do not miss my touring family. I don't think I'll ever find a group as close or as special to each other, but coming to New York, being at home, being on Broadway has made the transition a whole lot easier. I'm happy to say I have finally received the final mixes of my new CD. It still has to be mastered and packaged, but I am so thrilled with the way it has come out. I cannot wait to let the world hear it! So it's business as usual at the Helen Hayes on 44th Street. We are rocking and rolling and having nothing but a good time and the best is yet to come!
ON BROADWAY WITH MiG SNEAK PEEKS
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