Rock of Ages Cast Recording Places High on Digital Albums Chart

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The original cast recording of the Tony-nominated Best Musical Rock of Ages, which was released digitally June 2 on iTunes and, is selling well.
Rock of Ages stars Constantine Maroulis and Amy Spanger.
Rock of Ages stars Constantine Maroulis and Amy Spanger. Photo by Joan Marcus

According to USA Today, the new recording entered the digital albums chart at #34. The Rock recording also charted at #193 on the Top 200.

The recording, which features 22 songs from the Broadway show, will arrive in stores nationwide July 7.

The Rock of Ages cast recorded the score April 28-29. The album was mixed and engineered by Mike Barbiero, produced by David Gibbs, executive produced by Janet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver and Kurt Deutsch/Sh-K-Boom Records and co-produced by Ethan Popp.

In a statement executive producers Janet Billig Rich and Hillary Weaver, who both also serve as producers of the musical, said, "At its heart, Rock of Ages has always been about joining great rock songs from the 80’s with an incredible live theater experience. Our greatest desire for the cast recording was simply to make a great rock record - one that shows how much we truly cherish these songs and how much fun it can be to hear them performed by our amazing cast and bitchin’ band."

The complete track listing follows:
Just Like Paradise/Nothin' But A Good Time
Sister Christian
We Built This City/Too Much Time On My Hands
I Wanna Rock
We're Not Gonna Take It
Heaven/More Than Words /To Be With You
Waiting For A Girl Like You
Wanted Dead Or Alive
I Want To Know What Love Is
Cum On Feel The Noize/We're Not Gonna Take It (Reprise)
Harden My Heart/Shadows Of The Night
Here I Go Again
The Final Countdown
Any Way You Want It/I Wanna Rock (Reprise)
High Enough
I Hate Myself For Loving You/Heat Of The Moment
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Can't Fight This Feeling
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Oh Sherrie
The Search Is Over
Don't Stop Believin' The cast is headed by "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis (The Wedding Singer), who reprises the role of Drew that he performed Off-Broadway. He is joined for the Broadway run by Amy Spanger (The Wedding Singer; Kiss Me, Kate) as Sherrie and James Carpinello (Saturday Night Fever, VH1's "So NoTORIous") as Stacee Jaxx.

The company also features 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.

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