Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Little Bit of Broadway

Rock of Ages
Sunday, September 11, 2011
4:30 - 6:00 pm

It’s a jukebox musical kind of afternoon. We’re listening to Rock of Ages, which has a story designed to showcase the glam rock music of the 1980’s. The original cast recording has program notes by the writer of the book, Chris D'Arienzo, titled “The Creation of Rock of Ages, the Greatest Piece of Musical Theater since Showboat (or How I Inadvertently Tried to Destroy Broadway forever.)”

The songs are listed below with the original band name afterward. The show was named for Def Leppard’s single Rock of Ages, but the owner of the license wouldn’t let them use the song.

Act I
• "Just Like Paradise/Nothin' but a Good Time" - David Roth Roth/Poison
• "Sister Christian" - Night Ranger
• "Too Much Time on My Hands/We Built This City" - Styx/Starship
• "I Wanna Rock" - Twisted Sister
• "We're Not Gonna Take It" - Twisted Sister
• "Heaven/More Than Words/To Be with You" - Warrant/Extreme/Mr. Big
• "Waiting for a Girl Like You" - Foreigner
• "Wanted Dead or Alive" - Bon Jovi
• "I Want to Know What Love Is" - Foreigner
• "Cum On Feel the Noize/We're Not Gonna Take It (reprise)" - Slade
• "Harden My Heart/Shadows of the Night" - Quarterflash/Pat Benatar
• "Here I Go Again" - Whitesnake

Act II
• "The Final Countdown" E - urope
• "Any Way You Want It/I Wanna Rock (reprise)" - Journey/Twisted Sister
• "High Enough" - Damn Yankees
• "I Hate Myself for Loving You/Heat of the Moment" - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts/Asia
• "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" - Pat Benatar
• "Can't Fight This Feeling" R - EO Speedwagon
• "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" P - oison
• ""Oh Sherrie" - Steve Perry
• "The Search Is Over" - Survivor
• "Don't Stop Believin'" - Journey

Original cast Recording Artists:
Drew Boley: Constantine Maroulis
Sherrie Christian: Amy Spanger
Lonny/Record Company Man: Mitchell Jarvis
Stacee Jaxx/Sherrie's Father: James Carpinello
Dennis/Record Company Man: Adam Dannheisser
Franz: Wesley Taylor
Regina/Candi: Lauren Molina
Justice/Sherrie's Mother: Michele Mais
Hertz: Paul Schoeffler

The show was nominated for 5 Tonys, but didn't win any of them. However, on July 1, 2009, after a matinee performance, 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.

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