Rock of Ages Breaks Guinness World Record

News   Rock of Ages Breaks Guinness World Record The cast of the Tony-nominated Best Musical Rock of Ages set a new Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble following the matinee performance on July 1.

Cast — including Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis — and crew of Rock as well as the matinee audience and fans broke the record, which had been 440. The new record of 810 people included the aforementioned as well as the 2007 US Air Guitar Champion William Ocean.

Rock of Ages plays the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 West 47th Street.

The Rock cast features "American Idol" finalist and 2009 Tony nominee Maroulis (The Wedding Singer) as Drew and James Carpinello (Saturday Night Fever, VH1's "So NoTORIous") as Stacee Jaxx.

The company includes Adam Dannheisser (The Coast of Utopia, Twelfth Night), Mitchell Jarvis (Fiddler on the Roof), Michele Mais (Roza), Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd), Paul Schoeffler (Sweet Charity, Nine), Wesley Taylor (See Rock City), Ericka Hunter (Flower Drum Song, 42nd Street), Jeremy Jordan (Little Dog Laughed tour), Michael Minarik (Les Miserables), Angel Reed (Saturday Night Fever tour), Bahiyah Sayyed-Gaines (Pal Joey, The Color Purple), Katherine Tokarz (White Christmas, A Chorus Line), Andre Ward (Xanadu, The Producers), Savannah Wise (Les Miserables), Tad Wilson (The Full Monty) and Jeremy Woodard (Glory Days).

The onstage band, ARSENAL, comprises music director/keyboardist Henry Aronson, lead guitarist Joel Hoekstra, drummer Jon Weber, bassist Winston Roye and guitar player David Gibbs, who also wrote the original arrangements. "In 1987 on the Sunset Strip," Rock of Ages production notes state, "a small town girl met a big city rocker and in L.A.'s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the '80s. . . . [The musical is] an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more."

Rock of Ages was penned by Chris D'Arienzo and features direction by Kristin Hanggi and choreography by Kelly Devine. The creative team also includes scenic designer Beowulf Boritt, costume designer Gregory Gale, lighting designer Jason Lyons, sound designer Peter Hylenski and projection designer Zachary Borovay wither music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.

Rock of Ages is produced on Broadway by Matthew Weaver, Carl Levin, Jeff Davis, Barry Habib, Scott Prisand, and Corner Store Fund I, in association with Janet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver, Toni Habib, Stefany & Simon Bergson, Charles Rolecek, Susanne Brook, Israel Wolfson, Max Gottlieb, Jennifer Maloney, John Butler/Sara Katz and Prospect Pictures.

For tickets call (212) 307-4100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Constantine Maroulis in Broadway&#39;s <i>Rock of Ages</i>
Constantine Maroulis in Broadway's Rock of Ages Joan Marcus
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