Rock of Ages the musical, with a book by Chris D’Arienzo, built around classic rock/jukebox hits from the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of the decade. Rock of ages the musical, features songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison and Asia, among other well-known rock bands . It was directed by Kristin Hanggi and choreographed by Kelly Devine with music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.
The show was noted for being more lighthearted and comedic than other shows on Broadway. During performance, the performers frequently broke the “fourth wall”, directly addressing the audience and seemingly forgetting (or perhaps reminding the audience) that they are actors in a play.
The show was nominated for five Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for Constantine Maroulis, Best Direction of a Musical for Kristin Hanggi, Best Costume Design for Gregory Gale and Best Sound Design for Peter Hylenski, but did not win any.
It also received two Drama League nominations: Distinguished Production of a Musical and Distinguished Performance for Constantine Maroulis , as well as two Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Wesley TaylorIn June 2009, The Boulevard Magazine featured Rock of Ages as their June – July 2009 Cover with inside features on Constantine Maroulis and Director Kristin Hanggi .
On July 1, 2009, after a matinee performance of Rock of Ages, the cast set a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Air Guitar Ensemble. A total of 810 participants, including audience members and fans, shattered the previous record of 440 people playing air guitar simultaneously.
In March 2010, while starring as Drew in the Broadway production, Constantine Maroulis received the honor of being immortalized in a caricature at Sardi’s, taking his place alongside other Broadway luminaries similarly honored at the legendary New York City establishment.
On October 26, 2009, the show hosted the first annual “Golden Mullet Awards” after the 8pm performance. Billed as “Broadway’s fourth biggest night”, the show gave out “Golden Mullets” (a mock of the Tony Award) to the best on Broadway. Many of the categories that used for the awards were also puns of songs from Rock of Ages itself.
The winners were:
* Nothin’ But A Kick-Ass Band – Arsenal (Rock of Ages)
* Can’t Fight This Feeling to Touch Your Hair – Will Swenson (Hair)
* Waiting For A Villain Like You – Christopher Sieber (Shrek the Musical)
* Cast Most Likely to Dance On a Car in a Whitesnake Video – In The Heights
* Best “In The Heat Of The Moment” Moment – Constantine Maroulis and Kerry Butler (Rock of Ages)
One more award was presented to Bret Michaels of the band Poison in jest of his infamous injury at the 2009 Tony Awards, where after he was finished performing with the cast of Rock of Ages, a descending set piece knocked him down and broke his nose.
The production transferred to Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre with previews beginning March 20, 2009, and officially opening on April 7, 2009. The musical opened in the West End in 2010.
The show’s band had significant stage time compared to other musicals’ bands and orchestras. The band was dressed in typical metal heads costumes as Stacee’s back up band and they were always on stage. The drummer was placed inside a cage that jokingly said “Please don’t feed the drummer”. One of the guitarists in the stage band, Joel Hoekstra, is a member of Night Ranger, whose song “Sister Christian” is performed in the show.http://easypianobyear.com/shrek-musical-fairytale/
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